Frederick Lawrence Close

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Frederick Lawrence Close
Close Frederick Lawrence.jpg
Western Mail 2 Jul 1915 p.4
Personal Information
Date of Birth c1895
Place of Birth Bloemfontein, South Africa
Death 4 May 1915
Place of Death Gallipoli Peninsula, Egypt
Age at Enlistment 20 years old
Description 5' 10½" (1.79m) tall ; 170 lbs
77.111 kg
; fair complexion ; grey eyes ; light brown hair
Occupation Loco cleaner
Religion Church of England
Address Armadale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Mother , Mrs Caroline O'Neil Close
Military Information
Reg Number 1601
Date of Enlistment 11 Jan 1915
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 16th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement / 4th Brigade, 4th Division
Date of Embarkation 22 Feb 1915 ‒ 24 Mar 1915
Ship Embarked On HMAT A50 Itonus
Fate Killed in Action 4 May 1915
Monument Kelmscott-Armadale Parish Roll of Honour
Lone Pine Memorial
Australian War Memorial
Medals 1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal



Pre War

Parents lived in Armadale. No address in his records so we could assume that his permanent home was with his parents given his age. However, he first signed attestation papers in Kalgoorlie on 8 Jan 1915.

War Service

Frederick's Military records are minimal. He sailed from Alexandria for Lemnos Island with his unit landed at Gallipoli in the evening of the first day, and was found dead on the field of combat on 4 May 1915, after which he was buried by Rev G. Moore.

Seemingly one of the 69 reinforcements that were taken on strength by the 16th Battalion on the 29th April as the next group to join the 16th did so after his death.

Formally declared KIA on 21 Aug 1915. His probable date of death would be 2nd May as that is when his unit was engaged in attacking "Baby 700", with their withdrawl from the fighting occurring on 3 May 1915.

  • Lone Pine Memorial Anzac Cove
  • Ancestry.com Australia, Imperial Force Burials At Gallipoli, 1915 Briant - Coyne

Commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial at ANZAC Cove. Son of Frederick Charles and Caroline O'Neill Close, of Armadale, Western Australia. Native of Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Fred's father Frederick Charles Close served with the 10th Light Horse Regiment in the Middle East.

Post War

Sisters Ruby Lillian Close, Elinor Elizabeth Close, Isobel May Close, and Emily Gladys Close had their applications for pension rejected as they were not dependant on him. His mother, however was granted £26 per annum from 21 Aug 1915.

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