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WELLESLEY COLLEY, Philip Anthony

Conflict Commemorated:WWII

Last Name:WELLESLEY COLLEY

First Name:Philip Anthony

Age At Death:25

Birthplace:London

Residence:Lincoln

Rank:Lieutenant

Service Number:72223

Regiment/ Service:Royal Artillery

Unit:No 4 Commando

Former Regiment/ Former Service:South Notts. Hussars (Territorials)

Date of Death:06/06/1944

Cause of Death:Presumed killed in action

Place of Burial/ Commemoration:BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY Calvados

Country:France

Panel/ Bay/ Grave:X. H. 26.

UK Memorials:Louth

Next of Kin:Son of (the late) Major William Joseph and Florence Mary Wellesley Colley; husband of Dora Valerie Patricia Wellesley Colley of Woking, Surrey.

Researcher:Michael Peck and Charles Anderson

Notes:Colley Anthony W on memorial Another Louth Man Killed It was announced on Wednesday evening, at the special mission which is being held at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Louth, that information had been received of the death, in action, of Anthony Colley, "Lound Hill," Grimsby Road, Louth. He was the son of Mrs. and the late Colonel Wellesley Colley. It is understood that the deceased lost his life while serving in the Commandoes under Lord Lovat, who was wounded in the same action. Louth Standard - July 1st 1944. DIED LEADING COMMANDOS ---------- Lt. P. A. W. Colley's Premonition ---------- Further details have now been received of the death in action. Of Lieut. Philip Anthony Wellesley Colley, of Lound Hill, Louth, while leading a detachment of Commandos on the morning of the invasion of Normandy. Mrs Colley (his mother), in an interview with our representative, stated: "My son had a premonition that he would not retun to England, and this fact was actually stated in a letter which his wife received from him on the morning of the invasion. "At the moment he was killed I was praying for him in the Roman Catholic Church at Louth, of which we have all been devoted members. "Another coincidence is that my husband, the late Major Wellesley Colley, also commanded shock troops-the equivalent of the present-day Commandos-in the last war, being in command of a Battalion of the Bedford and Herts. Regiment. My son is survived by his widow, a daughter of Lord Garvagh, and an 18-monthss-old daughter." The late Lieut. Wellesley Colley was educated at the famous Roman Catholic School at Downside, near Bath, on leaving which he entered the Nottingham Brewery, of which his uncle is managing director. He served in the South Notts. Hussars (Territorials) prior to the outbreak of the war, and on mobilisation for war service he accompanied his Regiment to Palestine, and later to Egypt and Libya. He was then invalided home, but afterwards was passed A1, and joined the Commandos. He was killed leading his men on one of the first assaults on the beaches, and was buried in the little Beachhead cemetery, along with other gallant men who gave their lives for their country. His Brother, Peter Wellesley Colley, is serving with the Irish Guards. Louth Standard - July 8th 1944.

Sources Used:Louth Standard 3905, 3909-10

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