11454 Private William Frederick Best

9th(Service)Battalion 

Devonshire Regiment

1st July 1916

Born on 23/05/1894 in Ealing London. He was baptised on 09/09/1894.

His parents were

Philip Henry Best (25/02/1856-26/07/1940) and

 Marion Alice Gunston(03/07/1859-23/09/1956).

They married on 31/05/1878.

William had 3 brothers; Frank(06/01/1881-14/02/1938),

Herbert(24/03/1885-06/02/1951)

and Philip James(03/11/1891-1961).

He also had a sister, Elsie Amy Marion(04/08/1889-30/10/1968).

In the 1901 census the family were recorded as living at

76 Haven Lane Ealing London. Philip was employed as a joiner.

In the 1911 census, it showed that the family had moved to 47 Grove Avenue, Hanwell , London. Philip was now a builder and William was employed as a railway clerk.

He enlisted in London and his date of disembarkation into France was on 27/07/1915.

He was killed in action on 01/07/1916.

William was awarded the 1914-1915 Star,

the 1914-1918 British War and Allied Victory medals.

In his will,read on 13/09/1916 he left effects worth £107(worth today £10,813.68).

William is remembered on a plaque for Great Central Railway London and District staff who lost their lives in WW1. It was unveiled on 16/04/2015.   

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