Leslie Arthur BEST

BEST, Leslie Arthur

Service Number: 4979
Enlisted: 1 November 1915, Lithgow, New South Wales
Last Rank: Lance Sergeant
Last Unit: 56th Infantry Battalion
Born: Broke, New South Wales, 1 June 1896
Home Town: Candelo, Bega Valley, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Printer
Died: Natural causes, Sydney, New South Wales, 30 October 1970, aged 74 years
Cemetery: Woronora Memorial Park, Sutherland, New South Wales
Plot: Palm Court Wall Panel D, #020
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World War 1 Service

1 Nov 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 4979, 41st Infantry Battalion, Lithgow, New South Wales
5 Jun 1916: Involvement 4979, 17th Infantry Battalion
5 Jun 1916: Embarked 4979, 17th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Kyarra, Sydney
4 Aug 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 5th Infantry Brigade Train
15 Oct 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 54th Infantry Battalion
24 Jan 1917: Wounded Lance Corporal, 4979, 54th Infantry Battalion, GSW (both legs - severe)
1 Feb 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 54th Infantry Battalion
6 Jun 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, 54th Infantry Battalion
11 Oct 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, 56th Infantry Battalion
17 Jul 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, 4979, 56th Infantry Battalion, Cessation of hostilities

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Biography contributed by Paul Trevor

Lance-Corporal Leslie Arthur Best was already serving part-time for a period of over a year in the 41st Infantry Battalion (Katoomba) prior to enlisting for service in the Australian Imperial Force. L/Cpl. Leslie A. Best also listed service as a Senior Cadet.

The brother 7199 L/Cpl. Oswald Henry Best (/explore/people/121364) of Pte. Leslie A. Best returned to Australia and was discharged from his period of enlistment with the AIF on the 6 October 1919.

On 17 September 1918, L/Sgt. Leslie A. Best was recommended for New Year's Honours for officers and other ranks of the 54th Battalion for Mention in Despatches (MiD).