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George Christopher BEST

Regimental number5803
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMotor driver
AddressDalgety Street, Cottesloe, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation38
Next of kinWife, Mrs Lucy Mary Best, Windosr Street, Osborne, Western Australia
Enlistment date26 April 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll20 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 13 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll28th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 16 June 1919

Military Medal

'During the attack on the BEAUREVOIR Line, east of PERONNE, on 3rd October, 1918, at great personal risk Lance Corporal BEST and Private [6535 T.] BLAIR crawled forward carrying a reel of telephone wire over 300 yards of ground swept by enemy artillery and machine gun fire, and succeeded in establishing communication between Battalion Headquarters and an isolated post. nothwithstanding the continuous fire, they persistently patrolled the line, repaired all breaks, and maintained communication throughout the whole day. Their bravery and devotion to duty were most conspicuous.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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