Victor Best

Name Victor Best

Rank: Private          
Service Number: 3122
Units Served: 8th reinforcement of the 50th Battalion
Personal Details: Victor Best was born in 1896 in Adelaide South Australia. His parents died as a child but he was fostered by his half sister; Margret Whipp. Before enlisting he worked as a labourer. He was 5 foot 10 inches tall with a medium complexion, blue eyes and dark brown hair. He was a Catholic by religion.
Enlistment Details:
Herbert enlisted on the 4th October 1916. He was assigned to the 8th reinforcement of the 50th Battalion.
Details about his role in War:
Best embarked from Adelaide on the 16th of December 1916 on the troop ship ‘Berrima’ and disembarked in Devonport, England on the 16th of February 1917. Unfortunately, shortly after his arrival, Victor became very sick, after a month being admitted and discharged from hospital, Victor eventually passed away in the Sutton Venney military hospital from bronchial pneumonia on the 7th of April 1917. He was laid to rest on the 18th in the Sutton Venney Graveyard. 
Age at Death: 20
Cemetery or Memorial Details: Best was laid to rest on the 18th in the Sutton Veny Graveyard   Grave Number 286.C.II

Commemorated by


Dylan van den Brink

26th November 2010


Far, far from the home of his childhood;
Away o'er the ocean so deep,
In a faraway land, dear Victor,
Is taking his last long sleep.
Sweet is the memory he left behind
Of a life that was manly, true and kind,