WELLESLEY, Henry Valerian George

Title: 
WELLINGTON, 6th Duke of; Lord Mornington
Known as: 
Morny
Rank: 
Captain
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
56864
Honours & Awards: 
Died : 
Thursday, September 16, 1943
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
31
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Roll of Honour: 
Captain Henry Wellesley, the 6th Duke of Wellington, died during operations at Salerno. He was in charge of 2 troop with orders to attack and take the village of Piegolelle (also seen spelt as Piegolette). This was heavily defended by the Germans firing from the heights called 'The Pimple'. He was awarded a posthumous M.I.D.
 
"War Office, 28th September, 1944. The KING has been graciously pleased to approve that the- following be Mentioned in recognition of gallant and distinguished 'services in Italy:— Infantry. D.W.R. Lt. (temp. Capt.) The Duke of Wellington (56864) (killed in action)."
 
Sources
CWGC
London Gazette Supp. 36720, page 4474.
No. 2 Commando War Diary.
 
Notes
  • The No 2 Commando War Diary Sept.1943 states he was killed during the fighting as a result of a hand grenade. 
  • The nickname of 'Morny' is used in a No 2 Commando War Diary entry of November 1943 relating to him.
Photo of grave in Gallery: 
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