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Born in Prahran, Victoria and a Clerk by trade, Leslie Gordon Close was 21 years and single when enlisted on the 6th of February 1917 in the Field Artillery Brigade, Reinforcement 27, Australian Imperial Force, with the rank of Gunner, Number 34984. His Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A15 'Port Sydney' on the 9th of November 1917. Gunner taken on strength of permanent staff from the 12th Australian Field Artillery Brigade. Granted 12 months leave for agricultural purposes in America as from 10th of August 1919 in accordance with G.F. 22 para 78. Embarked returned to Australia per 'Ventura' on the 8th of April 1919 and Disembarked on the 11th of May 1920. Discharged on the 27th of June 1920 with the Termination of Period of Enlistment. Family/military connections Brothers: 607 Corporal Hector Norman Close, 31st Battalion, died of wounds on the 17th of April 1918; 2nd Lt Stanley Robert Close, 8th Battalion, died of wounds on the 28th of April 1915. War service: Western Front Tree No. 2866