Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
11182   Private William Best
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/01/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 37
William Best was the son of Margaret Best. William was born Partick, Lanarkshire, Scotland about 1879. The 1901 census records William as age 22 living with the family at house 53 in Drumcoo, Derrygortrevy, Tyrone. His mother was a widow, working as a nurse and a domestic servant. William Best was coach man and domestic servant. The 1911 census reveals William working as a Groom and Domestic Servant for the Scott family (solicitor) in Gortshalgan, Drumaspil, County Tyrone. William Best enlisted in Dungannon, County Tyrone. Private William Best was killed in action on 1st July 1916 at the Somme.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial
  Thiepval, Somme
Grave Ref: Face 4D-5B
CWGC Casualty 768464
The Thiepval Memorial will be found on the D73, next to the village of Thiepval, off the main Bapaume to Albert road (D929). Each year a major ceremony is held at the memorial on 1 July. The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme is a war memorial to 72,337 missing British and South African servicemen who died in the Battles of the Somme of the First World War between 1915 and 1918, with no known grave. It is near the village of Thiepval, Picardy in France. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, Thiepval has been described as "the greatest executed British work of monumental architecture of the twentieth century"
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 St Annes Church Of Ireland - WWI Dungannon
2 Dungannon War Memorial - Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers - WWI - Panel 1 Dungannon
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1 1901 Census lists Best family Lists William as age 22 living with the family at house 53 in Drumcoo, Derrygortrevy, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists William Best Lists William as age 33 working as a groom at house 5 in Gortshalgan, Drumaspil, Tyrone
3 1911 Census lists William's sister Does not list William as living with his sister at house 54 in Drumcoo Rural, Derrygortrevy, Tyrone
4 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of William Best (Erroneous - 29/3/2014 - awaiting correction)
5 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2023