John William Close was born in 1893 in Bradford, the second of nine children of James Henry and Ada Sophia, nee Tarlton who were living at 1 Vine Place at the time.By 1911 the family had moved to 17 Fletton Street, Eccleshill and John William at 17 years of age was a spinner in a woollen mill.He enlisted on the 7th November 1915 as Private 23790 in the 5th Battalion of the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders. He arrived on the Western Front during the build up to the Somme and his Regiment took part on the
first day of this offensive known as the Battle of Albert from the 1st of July to the 13th July 1916. His Regiment was also involved in the Battle of Bazentin Wood 14th to the 17th July, the Battle of Delville Wood 15th July to the 3rd September and the Battle of Le Transoy 1st to the 18th October 1916. It was during the Arras Offensive at the first Battle of the Scarpe 9th to the 14th of April 1917 that John William was wounded on the first day. He received severe gunshot wounds to his head and body and was
transferred from the sick convoy to No.12 Ambulance train and then to No.18 General Hospital on the 11th of April. He spent 78 days in hospital before dying of his wounds on the 27th of June 1917. He was 31 years of age.John William is buried in the Ruyaulcourt Military Cemetery which was begun in April 1917 and used by fighting units and Field Ambulances until March 1918.He left his effect to his mother Ada who received £3.11.5d on the 30th of October 1917 and a War Gratuity of £7.0.0d on the 21st October 1919.
Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks.