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34775   Private David Best
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/01/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 5th Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment (British Army)
Died: 17/04/1917 (Killed in Action)
Age: 20
Summary      
David Best was the son of Andrew and Ann Best. David was born about 1897 in Dungannon, although no record can be found in GRONI. David Best was initially enrolled with (5094) Lowland Division Royal Engineers. Private David Best was serving with the North Staffordshire Regiment when he was killed in action on 17th April 1917.
Further Information
David Best was the son of Andrew and Ann Best.
David was born about 1897 in Dungannon, although no record can be found in GRONI.
David Best was initially with the (5094) Lowland Division Royal Engineers.
David Best was living at 31 Tailor Street, Townhead, Glasgow when he enlisted with the North Staffordshire Regiment in Glasgow on the 24th September 1915.
On the 12th October 1916, Driver David Best proceeded to Chelmsford and was attached to Mobile ?? 65th Lower Division for Rations.
On the 9th December 1916, he was transferred to the Reserve Infantry Brigade.
By the 7th January 1917, he had transferred again to the 1st Battalion of the North Staffordshire Regiment
Medal card
Private Best was serving with the North Staffordshire Regiment when he was killed in action on 17th April 1917.
Last Will and Testament of Private David Best.
In the event of my death, I give 5 to my nephew, Master Andrew Best Simple, 31 Taylor Street, Townhead, Glasgow, and I give the remaining part of my property to my father, Mr Andrew Best, 31 Taylor Street, Townhead, Glasgow, Scotland. Signed David Best Private 34775. 7th January 1917, Brocton Camp, North Staffords.
Private David Best is buried in Reninghelst New Military Cemetery in Belgium. His inscription reads: PEACEFUL BE THY REST DEAR SON LOVED BY ALL WHO KNEW HIM
The CWGC record Private David Best as the son of Andrew and Ann Best of 31 Taylor Street, Townhead, Glasgow.
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References and Links
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1 FindAGrave.com Photo of Private David Best's gravestone
2 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
3 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of David Best's headstone can be purchased here.
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