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Herbert Frank Close of 12 Merthyr Street, Barry (South Wales), enlisted in the Territorial Force, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 9th October 1916 in Cardiff.

He was 18 years 8 months old, single and had no previous military experience. He was given the service number 5/9871, later 244762.

At his medical examination it was recorded that he was 5′ 9″ tall with a 34.5″ chest. He had a mole on his right shoulder blade, and a small scar between his eyebrows. Herbert gave his father as his legal next of kin.

Herbert was posted into the 2/5th (Territorial) Battalion.

On 8th February 1917 Herbert and his Battalion left Blackdown where they had been training, and landed in La Havre the next day.

Herbert was killed in action on 26th February 1917, less than three weeks after his arrival in France. At the time, his Battalion were in the trenches in the Fleurbaix sector.

Herberts’ father, Charles received and acknowledged his sons personal effects the following July;

  • 1 x Glove
  • 1 x Metal wristwatch and strap
  • 2 x Religious books
  • 1 x Identity disc
  • Letters, photographs and cards
  • 2 x Booklets
  • 1 x Wallet
  • 1 x Match box cover
  • 1 x Purse
  • Shoelaces
  • 1 x pair of scissors
  • 1 x Cigarette case
  • Cigarettes
  • 1 x Railway ticket
  • 1 x Handkerchief


In 1922 Charles received Herberts’ British War and Victory medals.

Rank: Private
Service No: 241762 (sic)
Date of Death: 26/02/1917
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 2nd/5th Bn.

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