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Birth Name Best, Phyllis Beatrice
Nick Name (Aunty) Phyl
Gender female
Age at Death 63 years


Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Birth 1922    
Birth     USA; 1922? from scanned Gurney Family Tree 9/2013
Residence 1935 St John, Newfoundland, Canada Power or Powis St, St John's West
Event Note

1935 Census Newfoundland and Labrador:
Best: Eliza. Residing at 63 Power/Powis St is Eliza Best, 73 Widow*, and her son George 29, who is a Labourer. They use 3 rooms of the home Eliza owns, and have lodgers at $10/month - Lloyd and Mary Bursey (27 and 22) and they use 2 rooms. Lloyd is a Grocer at ?Bowrings? and he has earned $600 in the last year. George and he has earned $50 in the last year. Eliza's house is worth $2000.

Residing at 63a Power/Powis St is Eliza's son Seebert (transcribed Seaward) 43, and his wife Minnie 44, and their six children: Evelyn 20, Edith 18, Myrtle 17, Irene 16, Phyllis 13, Wallace 9, and Violet 6. Seebert is a Clerk ant the Express Office and he has earned $1080 in the last year. They also pay rent of $10/month for 7 rooms - possibly to their mother.

No-one owns a radio.

* implies date of death for George before 1935

Marriage about 1945   to Ken Gurney - see Note
Event Note

"Phyl was a Newfie**. Was a CWAC - Corporal Best - already [when the war broke out?]. She was going out with, and possibly engaged to, a Seaman who was torpedoed. She went over to meet his family anyway, and met Ken [Gurney] on the ship returning from flight training in Canada. When Ken came home on furlough [to Watford] there was a letter waiting from Corporal Best (who the family didn't realise was female!). Phyl came down with tonsilitis and was in hospital in Leesdon near Watford, so she came for a week's R&R with the Gurneys!!

They were married in Watford around 1945. Phyl delayed her demobilisation after the war until Ken was demobbed, then they went to Newfoundland.   ref: CWEJL

** [from Newfoundland]

Death 1985   from scanned Gurney Family Tree 9/2013


Relation to main person Name Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Best, Seebert
Mother Adams, Minnie Emma
    Sister     Best, [Living]
    Sister     Best, [Living]
    Sister     Best, [Living]
    Sister     Best, [Living]
         Best, Phyllis Beatrice
    Brother     Best, [Living]
    Sister     Best, [Living]


    Family of Gurney, Kenneth Ronald and Best, Phyllis Beatrice
Married Husband Gurney, Kenneth Ronald
  1. Gurney, [Living]
  2. Gurney, Pamela Joyce



  1. Best, Seebert
    1. Adams, Minnie Emma
      1. Best, [Living]
      2. Best, [Living]
      3. Best, [Living]
      4. Best, [Living]
      5. Best, [Living]
      6. Best, [Living]
      7. Best, Phyllis Beatrice
        1. Gurney, Kenneth Ronald
          1. Gurney, Pamela Joyce
          2. Gurney, [Living]


Source References

  1. Gurney Family - Vera Stuart via EJL
  2. from scanned K R Gurney Family Tree 9/2013
  3. Newfoundland Census 1935
      • Page: St John's West District, p. 198, household ID , reference ID , Department of Tourism, Culture, and Recreation, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador; FHL microfilm 2,166,828; The Bests - Newfoundland Census 1935 record-image_TH-1951-40935-34054-85.jpg
  4. Conversations with E J Leader - notes, Sept 2013