|Place of birth||Armagh, Ireland|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||c/o Mrs Lucy Allan, Wood Street, Mackay, Queensland|
|Age at embarkation||33|
|Next of kin||William John Best, 3 Russels Street, Armagh, Ireland|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Place of enlistment||Mackay, Queensland|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||9th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/26/2|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Sergeant|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||9th Battalion|
|Fate||Returned to Australia
War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front
Embarked Brisbane, 16 April 1915; joined unit, Anzac Cove, Gallipoli, 27 June 1915.
Admitted to General Hospital, 31 August 1915; discharged from hospital and rejoined unit, 3 September 1915.
Appointed Lance Corporal, Lemnos, 4 December 1915; marched in to Alexandria, Egypt, 4 January 1916; promoted to Corporal, Serapeum, 12 March 1916.
Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 27 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 3 April 1916; promoted to Sergeant, 20 April 1916.
Wounded in action, 25 July 1916; admitted to 22nd General Hospital, Camiers, 27 July 1916 (shell shock); transferred to No 6 Convalescent Depot, 30 July 1916; discharged to duty and marched in to 1st Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, 2 August 1916; rejoined 9th Bn from Hospital, 5 August 1916.
Wounded in action, admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance and transferred to 9th Casualty Clearing Station, 13 April 1917 (gun shot wound to left thigh); to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station, 14 April 1917; to No 6 Ambulance Train, 15 April 1917; to 6th General Hospital, Rouen, 16 April 1917; to England, 2 May 1917; admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Dudley Road, England, 3 May 1917; transferred to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 23 July 1917; discharged from hospital and marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 27 July 1917.
Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Suevic', 27 September 1917; disembarked Melbourne, 18 November 1917; discharged 26 December 1917 (medically unfit: gun shot wound to left thigh).Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, BEST William John|