John William BEST

BEST, John William

Service Number: 2108
Enlisted: 15 February 1915, Enlisted at Liverpool, NSW
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 1st Infantry Battalion
Born: Tarcutta, New South Wales, Australia, 1897
Home Town: Petersham, Marrickville, New South Wales
Schooling: Public School; Fort Street High School, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Cadet Draughtsman
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 6 August 1915
Cemetery: Lone Pine Cemetery, ANZAC
Special Memorial, Row C, Grave 85 Headstone inscription reads: Rest in the Lord, Lone Pine Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Petersham Fort Street High School Great War Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

15 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2108, 1st Infantry Battalion, Enlisted at Liverpool, NSW
16 Jun 1915: Involvement Private, 2108, 1st Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli
16 Jun 1915: Embarked Private, 2108, 1st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Karoola, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of Ernest George and Lilian Eliza Best of Hig View Lane, Cave Road, Pymble, NSW formerly of 7 Gordon Street, Petersham, NSW

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Served in both the Junior and Senior Cadets

Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Siganaller John William Best who was killed in action at the Dardanelles during the attack on Lonesome Pine, August 6-9, was third son of Mrs. G. E. Best, of 7 Gordon-street,  Petersham. He was a native of Tarcutta, and 18 years of age. He was educated at Fort-street High School, from where he passed the Junior Examination and the Professional  Examination for admission to the Public Service. Before leaving for the front on June 16, with the 6th Reinforcements for the 1st Battalion, he was employed in the drafting branch of the Lands Department. Mrs. Best has another son in the Gallipoli trenches.