Just Another Pair Of Socks

Melton District ANZACS

George CLOSE


Born: 11 December, 1879

Birthplace: Amherst, Victoria, Australia (Digger)According to death certificate George was born at Dulnlach, Western Australia Resided WA 7 years; Victoria 50 years

Parents: James Close (b1835, Somerset, England d. 1901, Talbot, Victoria, Australia) & Rebecca Esther Ambleton (b1839, Surrey, England. Died 1906, Talbot, Victoria, Australia) 

Died: 19 June, 1940

Place of death: Caulfield Military Hospital, Caulfield

Burial place: Footscray Cemetery 21/06/1940

Awards and Honours

  • British War Medal 1914-20
  • Victory Medal


21 Infantry Battalion, 10th Reinforcement; 14th Field Artillery Brigade



Regimental Service Number: 4085

Enlistment date: 6 October, 1915 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Age at enlistment: 35 years 10 months

Address at enlistment: 7 Derrimut Street, Albion, Victoria, Australia

Religion: Church of England

Marital Status: Married

Next of kin: Wife: Christina Close nee Matheson

Physical Description: Height: 5 feet 9 inches
Weight: 10 stone 7 pounds
Complexion: Fresh
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Dark Brown
Distinctive marks: Scar on R. Bicep, Vacination 2 Left Arm, Mole on back & right elbow

Embarkation ship: HMAT A18 Wiltshire.

Rank: Private; Gunner

Return Vessel: Orontes.

Arrival at Australia: 5 October, 1918.

Discharge Date: 2 August, 1918

War Service Summary

George served in France during 1916-17 as a Gunner.
30/10/1917 - wounded in the left shoulder by shrapnel from a bomb.
27/11/1917 - Transferred to England aboard the Essequibo
28/11/1917- Admitted to the Reading War Hospital
then returned to Australia on the Orontes
10/05/1918 - Arrived home

War Service Commemerated

Life After the War

Names of wife & children:
Christina Matheson (b1879, St Arnaud, d. 1967, Heidelberg,)
Ivy Christina - born c. 1908
Ethel Sylvia b. 1910, Melton, m. 1934 to Joseph Robert Thompson
Mervyn George b. 1911, Melton, m. 1941 to Jessie Dorothy Munro in Victoria, d. 06/11/2004, Leongatha
Daisy Alenie - b. 1914, Melton, m. 24/04/1948, Scots Church, Melbourne, to John Thomas Hjorth d. 1990, Sunshine
Irene Jean Close b. 1916, Melton, m. 1938 to Albert Rowe Sykes d. 15/11/1992, Horsham

Place/s of residence:
1903 St Heliers, Victoria
1909 to 1919 - Melton
1924 Bass, Victoria
1931 25 Hamel Street, Sunshine
1937 7 Derrimut Street, Sunshine

Occupations: Labourer, Farmer, Dairyman

Date of death:
19/06/1940, Caulfield Military Hospital, Caulfield

Place of burial:
21/06/1940 Footscray Cemetery

A photograph is available from the War Memorial

Additional Information

The Express 16 October, 1915 As social was tendered to Private G. Close at the Exford hall on Monday evening by the members of the Melton branch P.L.C., prior to his going into Camp next day. There was a good attendance, and a very enjoyable evening spent in dancing and musical items. Songs were rendered by Mrs. McDowall, Mr. Handsforth, and Mr. Mills. In making a presentation of a smokers outfit to the guest, the President of the Branch (Mr. Nesbitt) referred to the good work done by Mr. Close for the branch. The recipient suitably responded, and the company sang for he's a jolly good fellow. The Bacchus Marsh Express Saturday 25 May 1918, P 2 Pte. Geo. Close has returned from the Front. With two mates (who were killed) he was blown up by an enemy shell; parts of the shell are still in his body. In spite of his hardships he is looking well.


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