Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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01/01/2021 Private William Best is commemorated locally on Dungannon War Memorial and on the WWI Roll of Honour in St Anne's Church Of Ireland in Dungannon.
01/01/2021 Private Best arrived in France on 5th October 1915.
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30/12/2015 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.
30/12/2015 From the Tyrone Courier dated 20 July 1916:
30/12/2015 Two of William's sisters, Mrs Frizelle and Mrs A Ferguson, also resided in Dungannon.
30/12/2015 'I exceedingly regret to have to convey to you the distressing news that your brother, Private William Best, was killed in action on Sunday night. Our battalion went into the trenches on Friday night to lead the great attack for the Ulster Division in the big advance. They fought like lions and the immortal charge they made will never be forgiven. Your brother was struck by fragments of a shell while in the act of carrying water to the wounded heroes. I was speaking to him before he went into the trenches on Friday night and little did I think that we would not meet again. You can always cherish the thought he died a hero's death and that he laid down his life for his friends. He was a staunch comrade and a true friend and my heart's sympathy is with you in your great loss and sad bereavement.'
30/12/2015 Miss Best, Drumcoo Terrace, Dungannon, received the following letter on Monday from a Corporal of the Inniskillings:-
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30/12/2015 From the Tyrone Courier dated 13 July 1916:
30/12/2015 Prior to enlisting, Private Best was chauffeur to Captain R H Scott, who resided at Elm Lodge before the war.
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30/12/2015 The 1911 census shows William's sister Margaret living in Drumcoo with another sister, Mary Jane Frizzell.
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30/12/2015 'In the event of my death, I give the whole of my property and effects to my sister Mrs Margaret Best, Drumcoo Terrace, Dungannon, Co Tyrone, Ireland. 11182 Private William Best 9th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 18 June 1916.'
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30/12/2015 Last Will and Testament of William Best:
30/12/2015 Private William Best is commemorated on Pier and Face 4D and 5B of the Thiepval Memorial in France.
30/12/2015 Private William Best was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on 1st July 1916 at the Somme. He was struck by fragments of a shell while in the act of carrying water to the wounded comrades. William was 37 years old.
30/12/2015 William Best enlisted in Dungannon, County Tyrone.
30/12/2015 The 1911 census reveals a William Best, age 33, born Glasgow, single, working as a groom and domestic servant for the Scott family (solicitor) in Gortshalgan, Drumaspil, County Tyrone.
30/12/2015 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 15th July 1916:
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30/12/2015 He was an active member of the Bush Company, Dungannon U.V.F., and was an officer in L.O.L. No 178, Dungannon.
30/12/2015 'I exceedingly regret to have to convey to you the distressing news that your brother, Private William Best, was killed in action on Sunday night, but I feel it was my duty to do so as he was on of my best friends. Our battalion went into the trenches on Friday night to lead the great attack for the Ulster Division in the big advance. They fought like lions and the immortal charge they made will never be forgotten. Your brother was struck by fragments of a shell while in the act of carrying water to the wounded heroes. I was speaking to him before he went into the trenches on Friday night and little did I think that we would not meet again. You can always cherish the thought he died a hero's death fighting for his King and country, and that he laid down his life for his friends. He was a staunch comrade and a true friend and my heartfelt sympathy is with you in your great loss and sad bereavement.'
30/12/2015 Private William Best of the 9th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers has been killed in action. He was well-known in Dungannon and was for a number of years in the employment of Captain R H Scott, Elm Lodge. He was an active member of the Bush Company, Dungannon U.V.F., and was an officer in L.O.L. No 178, Dungannon, Corporal R Hamilton, writing to Miss Best on 4th July says:-
30/12/2015 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 15th July 1916: Private William Best
30/12/2015 Private William Best (Dungannon), Tyrone Volunteers, killed in action on 2nd July, while carrying water to the wounded.
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30/12/2015 William Best was the son of Margaret Best. William was born Patrick, Lanarkshire, Scotland about 1879.
30/12/2015 Sadly missed by his loving sisters, M J Frizell, M Best and L Ferguson, Drumcoo Terrace and Milltown, Dungannon
30/12/2015 When we meet in Heaven above.'
30/12/2015 Will bind our hearts to the heart we love,
30/12/2015 For memory's golden chain,
30/12/2015 'Shall we forget? Oh No!
30/12/2015 In sad, but loving remembrance of our dear brother Private William Best, 9th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Ulster Division). Killed in action at the Somme battle, 1st July 1916.
30/12/2015 From the Tyrone Courier and Dungannon News dated Thursday 3 July 1919: In Memorial
30/12/2015 BEST The Officers and Sir Knights of Golden Knights of Dungannon RB.B.P. No 52, deeply regret the death of their esteemed Brother, Sir Knight William Best (Tyrone Volunteers), killed in France on 1st July, whilst engaged in the brotherly act of administering a drink to a wounded and helpless comrade. James Davidson, R.W.M. Thomas Lucas, Registrar.
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