WELLESLEY, Henry Valerian George
Captain the Duke of Wellington was in charge of 2 troop with orders to attack and take the village of Piegolelle. This was heavily defended by the Germans firing from the heights called 'the Pimple'. He was killed during this action. He was awarded a posthumous M.I.D.
London Gazette Supplement issue 36720, page 4474 dated 28-9-44 - "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: 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.
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