Herbert Edward Best


Born 6th September 1895 in Hull

Died 8th May 1941 Central Fire Station, Hull


Always Remembered, Never Forgotten,


Reproduced here with the kind permission of Jan




Herbert married Elizabeth Walker in 1920 in Hull. They had 2 boys, Edward and Eric. In 1923 he joined the Hull City Police Fire Brigade as an Auxiliary Fireman.

On May 8th. 1941 the Central Fire Station in Hull was hit by a bomb and Herbert was killed. Herbert was killed during one of the heaviest air raids on Hull during the last war. He was serving as Police/Fireman and died at the Central Fire Station Hull. According to the station log from the date he died he was killed as the station took a direct hit from an enemy mine, two other HE bombs hit the street directly outside the station He and ten auxiliary firemen were killed and 35 officers injured.

He was 46 years old. His wife was Elizabeth Best (nee Walker). His home address was 15 Eggington Street. Hull. His official monument is in the County Borough of Kingston upon Hull, England It is in the Northern Cemetery, Chanterlands Avenue, Hull. His name is entered in the Memorial Record of Civilian Dead in WW2. This is kept in Westminster Abbey, London, England, Entry Number:- 2215

Central Fire Station





The Station Logs from the fateful Night of Bombing