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Keith Howard

Front cover of
Lieutenant Best's autobiography
Best Endeavours.
[Click to read an extract]


16 Jan 1923 Eccleshall Bierlow RD, Yorkshire, England

Service No.



591 Antrim Parachute Squadron

Military Notes:
Service Record:

Sep 1942 enlisted as a Sapper at 7th Training Battalion RE, Chatham

6th June 1943 Commissioned from Officer Cadet to rank of 2nd Lieutenant.

Ringway Parachute Training Course 74.

In No.2 Troop for the assault on Merville Battery 

Captured and held POW in Oflag 79, Brunswick, Lower Saxony. Prisoner No. 450.

Family Notes:

Son  of Herbert Henry Best (1870-1958) and his second wife Margaret Appleyard (c,1889-1924) [m.1913 Norwich, Norfolk].

Half brother of Freda May Best (1899-1991) and Eric Rowland Best (1903-1983) from Herbert's first marriage.

Brother of Joyce M Best(1914- ) and Denis Best OBE(1917-).

Father of three and grandfather of three.

Civilian Occupation:

Civil  engineer 


1947 to Maire Raymonde Lissenden in Sheffield


1  June 2008 Yorkshire, England aged 85


Our  Lady's Church, Acomb 

Cemetery / Memorial:



Obituary  in Yorkshire Post (click) 

Debretts page (click)


Famed  for designing and building the  'Bridge on the River Kwai' for the 1957 award winning movie.

Awarded an OBE in 1983 Queen's Birthday Honours.

Author of 'Best Endeavours' published in 1992. (click)

[It is an autobiography of his working years and includes a chapter on Army life, and a chapter on his experience as a POW. A fascinating read.]

1997 Honorary Graduate of Sheffield University D.Eng

Author of 'Best Mate' published in 2005. (cick)

Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

Senior partner in Bullen Consultants Ltd




Train crossing the 'Bridge on the River Kwai' film set, built in Ceylon.

The Bridge after demolition.


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