|Place of birth||Castlemaine, Victoria|
|Address||91 Bond Street, Ballarat East, Victoria|
|Age at embarkation||22|
|Next of kin||Father, Mr. Close, 91 Bond Street, Ballarat East, Victoria|
|Previous military service||Member, Malvern Rifle Club.|
|Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll|
|Place of enlistment||Ballarat, Victoria|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||31st Battalion, C Company|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/48/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on
|31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C and D sailed on two ships, HMAT A62 Wandilla, 9th November 1915 from Melbourne, and HMAT A41 Bakara, 5 November 1915, from Melbourne. It is not possible to tell from the Embarkation Roll on which ship an individual embarked.|
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Corporal|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||31st Battalion|
|Fate||Died of wounds
|Place of death or wounding||Villers-Bretonneux, France|
|Age at death||24|
|Family/military connections||Brothers: 34984 Gunner Leslie Gordon CLOSE, 5th Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 8 April 1919; 2nd Lt Stanley Robert CLOSE, 8th Bn, died of wounds, 28 April 1915.|
War service: Egypt, Western Front
Embarked Melbourne, 9 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 7 December 1915.
Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 25 June 1916.
Appointed Lance Corporal, 23 January 1917.
Admitted to 5th Australian Division Rest Station (8th Australian Field Ambulance), 11 March 1917 (bronchitis); transferred to 45th Casualty Clearing Station, 14 March 1917; to 5th General hospital, Rouen, 16 March 1917; to No 2 convalescent Depot, Rouen, 25 March 1917; discharged to Base Depot, Etaples, 28 March 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 21 April 1917.
On leave to United Kingdom, 24 May 1917; rejoined Bn from leave, 9 June 1917.
Promoted Corporal, 15 June 1917.
Detached to 1st Anzac Corps Lewis Gun School, 17 June 1917; rejoined Bn from School, 1 July 1917.
Proceeded to 8th Training Bn, Hurdcott, England, 29 August 1917.
Marched out to 14th Training Bn, 5 November 1917.
Proceeded overseas to France, 30 January 1918; rejoined 31st Bn, in the field, 9 February 1918.
Wounded in action, 17 April 1918, and died of wounds same day.Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Miscellaneous details||Street number incorrectly recorded on Embarkation Roll as 19.|
|Sources||NAA: B2455, CLOSE Hector Norman|