Arthur William was born at Ryde in April 1882. He trained as a carpenter and cabinet maker and worked at Beale Pianos in Annandale. He married Gertrude Jane Williamson in 1908. They lived at Leichardt.
He enlisted for service in January 1916, when he was described as 5'-7" tall, 136 lb, medium complexion, with blue eyes and brown hair. He sailed in April and was at a base depot at Tel el Kebir, Egypt, for about a month before sailing to Marseilles to join the British Expeditionary Force in France. He joined the 4th Pioneers in July and served with them for most of his service, except for several periods of sickness. He was badly gassed during the War. He was at the Australian Army Corps School in England, and took some leave in England prior to returning home in June 1919.
After the war Arthur resumed his employment at Beale Pianos, but suffered greatly from his war service. He died in 1938 aged 55 years.
Family of Arthur William & Gertrude Jane Best
Their daughter, Jessie grew up at Leichhardt. She worked as Theatrical Designer and travelled widely in Australia and overseas with various shows. She married Ron Law in 1935
Ron Law was born at Petersham and grew up in Leichardt. He began working in the depression as a milkshake maker in the building now occupied by Washington H Soul Pattinson in George St near Town Hall station. Ron also helped his father in grocers shop at Bondi, having moved from his shop at Leichhardt. Ron cleaned windows, set out stock, etc. A commercial traveller advised him of a job in Fiji, which he applied for and got, leaving for Fiji on the SS Mariposa with £2 in pocket. After working in Fiji for several years, as supervisor of several Fijian and Indian workers, he returned to Australia working in sales, rising to Director at David Lynn. In c1970 he took up the position of National Sales Manager with Halloran Manton Pty Ltd, who market a range of liquor. He retired in 1986, aged 75, and declined their invitation to return to work in 1992 because he `did not wish to die with his boots on'. In retirement he enjoys gardening and fishing.
Ron and Jess married in 1935. They lived first at Bondi but in 1962 moved to their present address in Pittwater Rd, North Narrabeen where they built an attractive home opposite the Lake. They have one son.