Frank was born in Brecon on June 24th, 1894 the fourth and youngest son of Charles and Julia Best. During a successful school career at Christ College between 1904 and 1910 he was described as a universal favourite; wholly
irresponsible but most charming, with the gift of friendship.
Frank was making a promising start in engineering having passed the Intermediate examination for the B.Sc. in Engineering at the University of London in July 1914.
He was gazetted to the 1st Brecknockshire
Just two days later, they were involved in a large attack on Turkish forces. Initially held as reserves, they subsequently joined the fighting on February 13th, and Frank was killed in action that day.
Ten days before, his brother Arthur had died, and his brother Stephen died later in April⁷.
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Lieutenant Frank Harrington Best
South Wales Borderers, Brecknock Battalion
Killed in Action in Mesopotamia on February 13th, 1917
Commemorated at Basra War Memorial, Iraq
Battalion as a second lieutenant on August 16th, 1914 and posted to the Cefn-Coed Company, staying with them practically throughout his time with the Brecknocks.
He went with the Battalion to Aden, and went on to Mhow in India with the Brecknocks in 1915 and was promoted to temporary lieutenant on December 16th, 1915. In early 1917 Frank, with his brother Stephen, led a draft of 140 volunteers to join the 4th Battalion, South Wales Borderers, in Mesopotamia, arriving on February 7th, 1917.