Frederick John Best

Surname: Best
Other names: Frederick John
Other people in this story:
John Best
Sarah Jane Best (nee Wareham)
Martha Morris
Locations in this story:
Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Wimborne, Dorset
Bishopstone, Wiltshire
pembroke, Pembrokeshire, Wales
South Africa
France & Flanders
Bishops Waltham, Hampshire
Carmarthen, Wales

Frederick John Best was born in Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1879 and baptised there on 3 Aug 1879 the son of John Best and Sarah Jane Best (nee Wareham).   He lived for a short time only in Compton Abbas before his family moved to, firstly, to Wimborne, Dorset and then to Bishopstone, Wiltshire.  Frederick enlisted on 4 Apr 1899 with the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment as a Private (Service No. 5943) but was dsicovered to be under age at the time and was discharged. He re-enlisted with the same Regiment on 13 Jun 1899 once eligible and joined the 3rd Battalion serving in South Africa where he was awarded the Queen's South Africa Medal (3 Clasps) and the King's South Africa Medal (1 Clasp).  On returning to the UK he met and married Martha Morris in Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, Wales, on 27 Dec 1906.  He was placed on reserve in 1911 and took up the position of Postman in Carmarthen, Wales.  He was mobilized on 5 Aug 1914 and joined the 2nd Battalion (Service No. 5339) in France and Flanders and in time was promoted to Lance Corporal.  During 1917 he received Gun Shot Wounds and was discharged on 20 Sep 1917 as being physically unfit for further service.  He was awarded the Silver War Badge No. 134031 as well as the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914 Star.  His death was recorded on 29 Jun 1923 in Bishops Waltham, Hampshire


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