The Gretna Green disaster caused the greatest loss of life that has ever occurred in an accident on the railways in the UK.
224 passengers and 3 servants were killed. 242 passengers and 4 servants were injured.
Most of the passengers on the train were territorial soldiers from the 1/7th Leith Battalion, The Royal Scots who were heading for Gallipoli.
You can read the full details of the report by Lieutenant-Colonel Druitt into the double collision which occurred between passenger trains at Quintinshill, near Gretna in our Parliamentary Papers collection.
The reference for the report is P.P. 1914-16 Cd 8114
Details of the numbers killed and injured are listed in a further report -
1916 [Cd. 8301] General report to the Board of Trade upon the accidents that have occurred on the railways of the United Kingdom during the year 1915.
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