Close-Brooks, Arthur Brooks

He was the son of John Brooks Close-Brooks and Emily Close-Brooks of Birtles Hall, Chelford, Cheshire and Emily (the Register says Anne Close-Brooks, daughter of Sam Brooks, also a banker, of Manchester).   His father and two uncles were the Close brothers who were famous for their rowing at Cambridge. Before coming to Winchester he was with the Reverend C.L. Cameron at Mortimer. He went up to Trinity College, Cambridge in 1903 and rowed for two years in the University VIII as his father had before him. He took his degree with Honours in Jurisprudence and afterwards went into business in Bolton.

On the outbreak of war he enlisted in the Public Schools Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers, and subsequently obtained a commission in the 2nd Battalion Manchester Regiment. He was awarded the M.C. in June 1915 for attempting to rescue a wounded man, and was also mentioned in Despatches.

He was posted to Mesopotamia and died of wounds sustained in the attack near the Shatt-el-Hai Canal on January 10th 1917; he left a widow, Frances, the daughter of Andrew Brown, and two children.  The family lived at Glemham Grove, Saxmundham, Suffolk.

His brother, John Charles Close-Brooks, who attended Harrow School, joined the 1st Life Guards on the outbreak of the war, but was killed in action at Zandvoorde, near Ypres, on 30th October 1914. More information can be found at

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Close-Brooks
  • Forenames or initials: Arthur Brooks
  • House: I
  • Years in School: 1898-1903
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Manchester Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 22nd October 1884
  • Date of Death: 10th January 1917
  • How Died: Died of Wounds
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer B2
  • Decoration: MC
  • Burial Site: AMARA WAR CEMETERY: Grave XXVIII.A.2