Kircubbin Parish Church of Ireland Church (Holy Trinity)
The name Robert Close is listed on the Memorial Plaque in Kircubbin Parish Church of Ireland Church (Holy Trinity) as having died on active service.
Information from one source suggests that Robert Close was born on 26 December 1892 and that he was a son of James and Elizabeth (Eliza) Close (nee Breen) who were married on 22 January 1892 in Ardquin Parish Church of Ireland Church Portaferry. James Close, a car driver from Kircubbin, was a son of Robert Close, a labourer. Eliza Breen from Demesne, Portaferry was a daughter of John Breen, a labourer.
James Close worked as a carman (1892), a labourer (1895) and a groom (1899) and he and Eliza had three children, all of whom were baptised in Kircubbin Parish Church of Ireland Church (Holy Trinity):
Robert (born 26 December 1892 in Kircubbin)
Margaret (Maggie, born 11 April 1895 in Kircubbin; died of debility 9 May 1895)
Agnes (born 10 January 1899 in Kircubbin)
Their mother, Eliza Close, died of pernicious anaemia on 8 February 1899 (aged 25) and their father, James Close, died of typhoid fever on 9 March 1901 (aged 31).
In 1901 Agnes Close (aged 2) was living in Main Street, Kircubbin with Head of Family Ellen Mawhinney (aged 53) and her daughters Agnes Mawhinney (aged 22) and Annie Mawhinney (aged 19). Agnes Close’s relationship to the Head of Family was recorded as ‘adopted daughter’.
In 1901 Robert Close (aged 9) was living in Kircubbin with his widowed grandmother Annie Close (aged 75) and his married aunt Annabella Stevenson (aged 33). Annabella Close and Robert Stevenson, a farmer, were married on 10 December 1897 in Greyabbey Presbyterian Church.
In 1911 Robert Close (aged 19) was working as a servant for his uncle, Robert Stevenson who farmed at Innishargie, Kircubbin.
Desk searches and public appeals to date have yielded no further information.