Biography of Private William Elfleet Close (31105)
5th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Formerly 22780 Northamptonshire Regiment
Died 9th October 1918


  • Name: William Elfleet Close
  • Date of birth: 1881
  • Place of Birth: Edenham, Lincolnshire, England
  • Date of Birth Registration: July – September 1881
  • Place of Birth Registration: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England


  • Name: Thomas Close
  • DOB: 1849
  • Place of Birth: Colly Weston, Northamptonshire, England
  • Occupation: Farmer


  • Name: Catherine Elfleet
  • DOB: 1853
  • Place Of Birth: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England
  • Marriage: 24th May 1877 Bourne, Lincolnshire, England

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)

  • Arthur Thomas Elfleet Close, 1878, Stamford
  • Evelyn Mary Catherine Close, 1879, Easton
  • Charlotte Augusta Close, 1880, Easton
  • William Elfleet Close, 1881, Edenham
  • Mary Close, 1883, Edenham


  • 1891: William is living with his parents in Edenham, Lincolnshire.
  • 1901: William is living with the Harriman family at Campbell Steet, Heanor, Derbyshire. The census gives him an age of 19 and he is listed as a grocer assistant.
  • 1911: William can not be found as of yet.
Relatives in services

  • None found


  • No marriage for William has been found and we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.

Newspaper Mentions

  • Northampton Chronicle and Echo Saturday 19th August
    (All Northamptonshire Regiment; Private unless otherwise stated)
    Close, 22790, Lance-Corpl, W. E.


  • Northampton Mercury Friday 25th August 1916
    Northamptons Lose Heavily.
    The casualty list this week is again a heavy one, containing the names of several hundred officers and men, mainly of the Northamptonshire Regiment, one battaion having been engaged in very heavy fighting north of the Somme.
    Among the offices wounded is Lieut.-Colonal E. R. Mobbs, who has been slightly hit in the shoulder.  The full list is as follows:-
    Close, 22780, Lance-Corpl W. E.

Military Records

Attestation Papers

  • None found

Soldier’s Died In The Great War

  • These records show that Private William Elfleet Close, 31105, 5th Bn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers Regiment was killed in action on 9th October 1918 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.

Pension Records

  • Available

Effects Left To

  • Mother Catherine


  • The British Medal
  • The Victory Medal


  • UK:
  • Bourne, Roll of Honour in Bourne Abbey Church
  • Bourne War Memorial in the Memorial Gardens


  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
  • In memory of Private William Elfleet Close, 31105, 5th Bn., Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers Regiment who died on 9 October 1918 Age 37
  • Son of Thomas and Catherine Close, of 3, Elm Terrace, North Rd., Bourne, Lincs
  • Remembered with honour, St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen
  • Grave S. II. Q. 13

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

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