Wellesley, Eric George


Born on 1st May 1896, he was the second son of Herbert Arthur Wellesley and Charlotte, sister of Archdale Palmer (D, 1879). After the death of his parents, his guardian was his uncle, Archdale Palmer of Gloucester Mansions, London. He came to Winchester from Mr W A Wheeler’s school at Seaford. He served in the OTC at Winchester, and soon after the outbreak of war, he joined the army as Private Wellesley, of the 18th Service Battalion, Royal Fusiliers.

He obtained his commission to the 8th Battalion, the Green Howards on 19th February 1915. His battalion reached France on 26th August 1915. On 21st December he was detailed to take a patrol out to examine some wire defences erected in front of the German trenches at La Housoie, near Armentieres, and having safely completed his task, returned to the enemy trenches to drop some grenades. This provoked some rifle fire and grenades in reply, and Wellesley is presumed to have been killed at this time. He was reported missing at 6 a.m. and was still missing when his unit left the line at 5.30 the following day. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 4 of the Ploegsteert Memorial.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Wellesley
  • Forenames or initials: Eric George
  • House: A
  • Years in School: 1909-1914
  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Green Howards (Alexandra, Princess of Wales’ Own Yorkshire Regiment)
  • Date of Birth: 1st May 1896
  • Date of Death: 21st December 1915
  • How Died: Missing, presumed killed
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer F2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on Panel 4 of the PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL