Arthur Wellesley, 5th Duke of Wellington

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The Duke of Wellington
Born (1876-06-09)9 June 1876
Died 11 December 1941(1941-12-11) (aged 65)
Tenure 18 June 1934 – 11 December 1941
Spouse(s) Lilian Coats
Issue Anne Rhys, 7th Duchess of Ciudad Rodrigo
Henry Wellesley, 6th Duke of Wellington
Parents Arthur Wellesley, 4th Duke of Wellington
Kathleen Bulkeley-Williams

Arthur Charles Wellesley, 5th Duke of Wellington (9 June 1876 – 11 December 1941) was the son of Arthur Charles Wellesley, 4th Duke of Wellington, and Kathleen Bulkeley Williams.

He attended Eton between 1890 and 1895, and later attended Trinity College at Cambridge. He was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Lincolnshire Regiment, and in January 1900 joined the Grenadier Guards as Second lieutenant.[1] With the Grenadier Guards, he fought in the Boer War in 1900, and later in World War I.

In 1934 he succeeded to the Dukedom; he was also a Justice of the Peace.

Wellington married Hon. Lilian Maud Glen Coats, the daughter of the George Coats, 1st Baron Glentanar in 1909. He had two children: Anne Rhys, 7th Duchess of Ciudad Rodrigo (1910–1998), and Captain Henry Valerian George Wellesley, 6th Duke of Wellington (1912–1943).

Far right[edit]

The Duke was a supporter of several far right-wing causes. He was a member of the Anglo-German Fellowship from 1935 and served as President of the Liberty Restoration League, which was described by Inspector Pavey (an ex-Scotland Yard detective employed by the Board of Deputies of British Jews to infiltrate the far right) as being anti-semitic. When Archibald Maule Ramsay formed the 'Right Club' in 1939, Wellington chaired its early meetings. Ramsay, describing the Right Club, boasted that "The main objective was to oppose and expose the activities of organised Jewry."[2] On the day that World War II broke out, the Duke of Wellington was quoted as blaming the conflict on "anti-appeasers and the fucking Jews".[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27154. p. 288. 16 January 1900.
  2. ^ http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/126784
  3. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/6570240/Stephen-Poliakoff-Anti-semitism-will-always-be-around.html

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Peerage of the United Kingdom
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Duke of Wellington
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Dutch nobility
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Prince of Waterloo
1934–1941
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Spanish nobility
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Arthur Wellesley
Duke of Ciudad Rodrigo
1934–1941
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Henry Wellesley
Portuguese nobility
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Duke of Vitória
1934–1941
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