The poor conditions on the Western Front caused Bert to be hospitalised in England with severe trench foot, where he recuperated with the 61st Battalion in Wareham, England before returning to the 19th Battalion on the front in Belgium in October 1917.
Best was severely wounded in France during September 1918 and evacuated to the Bath War Hospital, where his right arm was amputated. He returned to Australia in January 1919 and was said to become an expert in managing with one arm.
Week 11 : 10 December 2014 - The Northern District Times, page 20 is the story of ROBERT ARTHUR BEST, Service No: 4666.
Sickness back home claims young Bert, who gave an arm
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