WELLESLEY, Henry Valerian George

Title: 
WELLINGTON, 6th Duke of
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
Location: 
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. 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)."
 
Read more in our No. 2 Commando gallery entry.
 
Sources
CWGC
London Gazette Supp. 36720, page 4474.
 
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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