Major WILLIAM EDWARD PARSONS, 5th Earl of ROSSE – died 10 June 1918
June 11, 2018


Aged                                     60

Unit                                       Royal Artillery late BGRA VI Corps

Awards                                 CB, CMG, MVO, 5 x MiD

Buried at                              NORTH CHERITON CEMETERY


Son of Colonel Leopold Grinton Paget, R.A. and great-grandfather was the 1st earl of Uxbridge.

He became a lieutenant in the Royal Artillery in 1878 and was adjutant Royal Horse Artillery 1895-97. He served in the South African War, commanding the 2nd Brigade Division, Royal Field Artillery in 1900; was present at the relief of Lady-smith and was mentioned three times in dispatches, receiving his brevet as lieutenant-colonel.

In the 1914 New Years Honours List Colonel (temporary Brigadier-General) Wellesley Lyndoch Henry Paget MVO, Commanding Royal Artillery, 6th Division, Irish Command is awarded Companion to The Order of The Bath.

In 1914-16 he was mentioned twice in dispatches, and received the C.M.G.

Lieutenant-General Sir J.A.L. Haldane advised Paget to go home sick before the GOC Third Army, General Sir Edmund Allenby, sacked him. Paget took the advice, leaving his command on 9 August 1916. He had survived an attempt by Haldane’s predecessor, Sir John Keir, to have him replaced in February 1916. Keir was also sacked by Allenby!

His grandsons both were killed in action in WW2


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