Sergeant Walter John Bestwas born on 3rd June 1912.
He was the 2nd son of David Best and Rebecca Jane Best, of Londonderry. The family were of Church of Ireland faith. A later address was William Street, Raphoe.
Walter was educated at Foyle College, Londonderry and was a member of the 1st Eleven Rugby team.
On 8th June 1931, Best joined Northern Bank at Head Office. Transfers followed to Portstewart (1931), Dungannon (1932), Markets (1934), Portadown – relief (1938), Head Office (1938), Kells – relief (1938), Carrick-on-Shannon – relief (1938), Head Office (1939) and Crumlin Road (1939).
On 22nd July 1940, Best was ‘Called up for Active Service’ into the North Irish Horse as a Trooper with Service Number 7904280. Promotion followed to Lance Corporal, Corporal and Sergeant.
Best is buried in the Cassino War Cemetery, Italy.
The North Irish Horse 'war diary' records the following:
Best is also remembered on a family headstone at St Eunan's Cathedral, Raphoe, Donegal.