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Ernest Best

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ernest AWMM
  • Surname
    Best AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 28947 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 31 May 1916 AWMM Belmore Street, Arncliffe, New South Wales AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs L M Best, Belmore Street, Arncliffe, New South Wales AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 31 May 1916 AWMM Married AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 28947 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 31 May 1916 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
    Age 36 AWMM
    Washoutman, railway/Civilian Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
    NewcastleNew South Wales Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      5' 5" AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      133 lb AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Embarked Wellington on board HMT 'Willochra', 16 October 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 29 December 1916, and marched in to Sling Camp same day.
    Proceeded from Reserve Group, Sling Camp, overseas to France, 11 February 1917; marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples, 13 February 1917.
    Admitted to No 24 General Hospital, Etaples, 29 March 1917; discharged to No 6 Convalescent Camp, 6 April 1917. Transferred to No 5 Convalescent Camp, Cayeux, 7 April 1917; to NZ Base Depot, Etaples, 28 June 1917. Joined Bn, in the field, and posted to B Company, 24 August 1917.
    Detached to 2nd Army Rest Camp, 2 October 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 14 October 1917.
    Detached to 2nd Field Company, NZ Engineers, 12 December 1917; rejoined unit, in the field, 23 February 1918.
    To United Kingdom on leave, 7 March 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 23 March 1918.
    Wounded in action, 26 March 1918 (gun shot wound, left thigh and arm: severe), and admitted to No 100 Field Ambulance; transferred to 24th General Hospital, 27 March 1918; to No 6 Stationary Hospital, 27 March 1918; to England, 1 April 1918, and admitted to Bethnal Green Military Hospital, London, 2 April 1918. Transferred to No 1 NZ General Hospital, Brockenhurst, 28 April 1918; to NZ Convalescent Hospital, Hornchurch, and subsequently, 27 June 1918, classified by Medical Board as unfit for further service, and place on NZ Roll.
    Discharged to NZ Discharge Depot, Torquay, 14 August 1918.
    Commenced return to New Zealand from Plymouth on board 'Ayrshire', 6 November 1918; discharged, 11 April 1919 (no longer physically fit for war on account of wounds received in action). AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

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  • Documents
    • AIF Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra AWMM
    • NZEF Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra AWMM

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