William BEST

Regimental number12/693
Date of birth14 October 1894
Place of birthScotland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressPanmure Road, Auckland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22.8
Height5' 7"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinWilliam Best, Otahuhu
Previous military serviceServed in the 16th Waikato Regiment, Territorial Force; still serving at time of NZEF enlistment.
Enlistment date13 August 1914
Rank on embarkationPrivate
Enlistment statusVolunteer
Unit nameNew Zealand Expeditionary Force, Main Body, Auckland Infantry Battalion
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Wellington on 16 October 1914
The Auckland Infantry Battalion in the Main Body left New Zealand on board two ships, HMNZT 8 ('Star of India') and HMNZT 12 ('Waimana'). It is not possible from the Nominal Roll to determine on which ship an individual embarked.
Final rankCorporal
FateCommenced return to New Zealand 10 March 1919
Discharge date23 May 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Reported missing, 4 July 1916; Prisoner of War, Germany.

Commenced return to New Zealand from Glasgow, 10 March 1919; discharged (termination of period of engagement), 23 May 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsNominal Roll Vol. 1: Auckland Infantry Batln/Main Body
SourcesArchives New Zealand (Wellington), Agency AABK, Series 1880, File 22275856