(Courtesy of Lynda Atkinson)
Major G.Thornton was in command of the leave train that left Havre at
6.30am on 13th Feb 1917. The train was at the level crossing at Epinay
when it was hit by trucks from supply train W25, a coupling broke and
36 trucks crashed into the leave train behind it, two first class carriages
and one third class were completely destroyed.
The bodies of the dead were taken by road at 1800hrs to the 8th General
Hospital at Rouen. 38 injured men were admitted to the 8th gen hospital
at Rouen on 13th Feb, 3 others were admitted to the 10th gen hospital
Rouen on the same day. The following day the bodies of 27 men who died
in the accident were admitted to the 8th gen hospital. The bodies of these
men were not removed from the wreckage until the morning of 14th Feb,16
injured men were taken to one of the casualty clearing stations at Rouen.
The hospital would not have known the exact time of their death so it
was probably recorded for official purposes as 14th February for some
of the Soldiers.