|Date of birth:||1891|
|Place of birth:||Southampton|
|Service No.:||Not known|
|Rank:||2nd Lieutenant (possibly a temporary position)|
|Died:||4th October 1917 aged 26 years|
Life before the War
Dudley was the youngest of 7 children born to Charles Wellesley and Fannie Elizabeth, nee West. Charles was born in Southampton in 1852, Fannie in 1856. They married in the city in 1875.
Unfortunately, Fannie died in 1907 and Charles remarried in 1910, to Florence Winifred Salmon.
Interestingly, Florence was born in Petworth in 1886; she was 34 years younger than Charles! They had 18 years together before Charles died in 1928 on the Isle of Wight. Florence died in Poole in 1959.
Dudley’s 6 siblings were:
Charles George Wellesley b.1876 Southampton and d.1947 Southampton.
Eulalie Adeline b.1877 Southampton and d.1971 St. Albans.
Married John Roper Stone in Southampton in 1907.
Fannie Marianne b.1878 Southampton and d.1948 Petersfield.
Married Arthur Sambell Cox in Southampton in 1904.
Elizabeth Gladys b.1883 Southampton and d.1976 Southampton.
Married Ronald Shepherd in Southampton in 1903.
Beatrice Mabel b.1885 Southampton and d.1971 St. Albans.
Married John Steven in Southampton in 1910.
Ethel Winifred b.1887 Southampton and d.1971 Romsey.
Married Percy Price in Southampton in 1936.
Note the coincidence that two of Dudley’s sisters died in the same year and in the same location.
The 1st Battalion Hampshires was part of the 4th Division, 11th Brigade. Embarkation on to the Braemar Castle at Southampton took place on 21st August 1914 and the brigade disembarked at Le Havre a couple of days later.
Dudley probably perished during the Battle of Broodseinde, part of the Battle of Passchendaele. The battle took place on 4th October 1917 in heavy rain. It was seen as one of the most successful Allied attacks of the Battle of Passchendaele, but not for Dudley.
He is interred at the Cement House Cemetery (Plot IV, Row A, Grave 14). His grave is likely to have been moved to Cement House after the Armistice from one of the small burial grounds around Langemark or Poelkapelle. There are 3592 Commonwealth servicemen buried in Cement House, 2425 of them unidentified. The cemetery is located just north of Ieper.
|Published:||11th May 2015|
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