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John Fredrick Charles BEST

Regimental number2019
Place of birthWindsor, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationQuantity surveyor
Address'Kia Ora', Wharf Road, Gladesville, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23.4
Height5' 6.25"
Weight122 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs M E Best, 'Kia Ora', Wharf Road, Gladesville, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceOfficer Training Corps, Christ's Hospital, Horsham, Surrey, England
Enlistment date29 June 1915
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name1st Field Company Engineers, Reinforcement 10
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/20/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 6 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Division Engineers
FateReturned to Australia 9 December 1918
Discharge date14 October 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Leicestershire', 9 December 1918; disembarked, Melbourne, 22 January 1919, for onward travel to Sydney; appointment terminated (discharged) (medically unfit: influenza and valvular disorder of the heart), Sydney, 14 October 1919.

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

Death attributed to War Service.
Date of death21 December 1919
SourcesNAA: B2455, BEST John Fredrick Charles

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