It was not a fitting end for a soldier of his pedigree. Major E. Wellesley was a relative of Arthur Wellesley, victor of Waterloo (better known by his noble title, the Duke of Wellington). Perhaps driven by the public obsession with the Somme campaign, soldiers regularly foraged for souvenirs to take home or to sell to non-combatants in base camps. Major Wellesley, as an officer in the Royal Engineers, should have known better than to try to include a rifle grenade in his bag of mementoes. The grenade blew up in his face. According to a fellow officer, Lieutenant Norman Dillon the death of the Major was just “stupid”!