He qualified as a Heavy Lorry Driver on 13th April 1918 and exactly one week later, embarked at
Southampton aboard the Queen Alexandra. He arrived at Havre the following day and was
attached to Number 1076 MT Company.
On 23rd May 1918 he transferred to 19th Corps Troops MT Coy and he was still serving with this company when he was demobilised on 14th March 1919. A medical examination five weeks earlier in
noted his address as Heatherwood, North Common, Chailey. France
During his time in
France, was employed as a Ford Car Driver and Army
Form W.3226 noted that he showed aptitude for employment in civil life as a car
Back in Blighty, Chailey Parish Magazine had listed
amongst a number of specially attested men in its March 1916 issue. In July 1917, Best, Pte S, Sidney appeared in the roll of men serving
their King and Country and this detail was repeated continuously up to and
including the final roll call in July 1919.
On 11th June 1917 he also got a mention in The Times: ASC MT
NEWS IN BRIEFMr Best, a cab proprietor of Chailey, Sussex, having joined the Army, Mrs Jellicoe, wife of the Reverend Thomas Harry Lee Jellicoe, rector of Chailey, and cousin of Admiral Jellicoe, has volunteered to act as driver for Mrs Best while her husband is away. One of her first “fares” was Mrs Coplestone [sic], wife of the late Bishop of
Mrs Copleston was the mother of Reginald Trench Copleston who also served during the First World War.
Chailey resident Reg Philpott remembers that Sidney Best continued his taxi cab business in Chailey until well after the war had ended.