Hector N. Close

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Hector Close had grown up in Bond Street, Ballarat. injured was visually impaired after a wood chopping incident which prevented him joined up to serve during World War One in the first wave of enlistments. Embarrased by white feathers sent to him in the post Hector memorised the eye chart and cheated his way into service.[1]

During a fight in northern France on Hector Close, a member of the 31st Battalion, was killed while patrolling for German troops, his sight difficulties putting him in increased danger. He died of wonds on 17 April 1918 and is buried in the Adelaide Cemtery, Villers-Bretonneux.[2]


World War One service recognised on the Ballarat Avenue of Honour.

See also

Ballarat Avenue of Honour

Leslie G. Close

Stanley R. Close

World War One



  1. ANZAC Day Services Programme, Ballarat, 25 April 2015.
  2. ANZAC Day Services Programme, Ballarat, 25 April 2015.

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--Beth Kicinski 12:52, 19 June 2013 (EST); --Clare K.Gervasoni 14:58, 5 May 2015 (AEST)

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