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Reginald Stephen BEST

Regimental number12453
Place of birthBrisbane Queensland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationFarmer
AddressSkew Street, Sherwood, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, S Best, Skew Street, Sherwood, Brisbane, Queensland
Enlistment date13 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 3, Reinforcement 15
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/31/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 9 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Medical Corps
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Work near Ypres on 5,11 and 16 October 1917.
Recommendation date: 31 October 1917

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Whilst acting as N.C.O. in charge of INFERNO AMMUNITION DUMP (east of YPRES) on three occasions (5th October, 1917, 11th October, 1917 and 18th October, 1917), when enemy shells fell in the vicinity, his coolness in assisting to control the men was of the greatest value. Although several shells fell very close to the Dump he remained at his post thereby setting a fine example to all present.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death1 September 1948
Place of burialMt Thompson Crematorium

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