Born: Feb 26th 1894. Father: Mr William Findlay Best (Hop Merchant), Altadore, Ribbleton, Preston, Lancs.
Mother: Ellen Ann Best formerly Wesfall.
3.5 years at Malvern OTC.
Occupation: Hop Merchant.
2nd Lieut on 24th Feb 1915, 1/4th Btn Loyal North Lancashire Regt.
'He was in his father's business, which he left to take a commission. A fortnight before his death he was struck by a piece of shrapnel but only bruised. He was killed in France on Jan. 2nd. His Colonel wrote: "He never suffered, as he died in his sleep in his dug-out. We are all very much shocked, and especially his Company, who, although he had not been out very long, had grown very fond of him.' (Malvernian, Mar 1916).
Service record:WO 374/6145