Paget, Samuel James

He was the eldest son of the Right Rev. Henry Luke Paget, Bishop of Chester and Elma Katie, daughter of Sir Samuel Hoare, 1st baronet, of Sidestrand Hall, Norfolk. His younger brother, Paul Edward Paget, architect and surveyor of St Paul’s Cathedral, also came to Winchester (D 1914-1919).

He entered College from “The Grange”, Folkestone and in his last year became Prefect of Hall, won the King’s Gold Medal for Latin Verse and was elected to a Classical Scholarship at New College, Oxford; he also played in College VI for two years and for Lords in 1914.

In September of that year, a few weeks after leaving school, he obtained a commission in the 5th Battalion Norfolk Regiment, a pre-War Territorial Force, and was promoted Captain in the following February.   The 5th Norfolks recruited from across the north of the county, including the Sandringham Estate. Others, like Lieutenant Randall Burroughes (C1910-1913), had family connections with the Sandringham Estate (three of Burroughes’ cousins, of the Cubitt family, were officers in the battalion). They were thus often nick-named “The Sandringham Battalion”. Another member of the battalion was also a fellow Wykehamist, Lieutenant Edmund Gay (F1897-1901). Called the “Vanished Battalion”, because of their disappearance at Suvla Bay, on the Gallipoli Peninsula, on August 12th 1915, when 267 officers and men ‘vanished’, including Burroughes, two of his Cubitt cousins, Gay, and the commanding officer. During a charge up a hillside they advanced too far ahead of the main body and were cut off and never seen alive again: all are presumed to have been killed that day.

Paget, fortunately for him, had left the battalion by then and he is not recorded as having accompanied it to Gallipoli. He was mentioned in Despatches in April 1916 and served for some time as an instructor at the Fourth Army School.  Shortly before his death he was appointed Captain (Brigade Major) to 149 (Northumberland) Brigade of the Northumbrian Division.

He fell in action at Framerville-sur-Somme on March 26th 1918, the fifth day of the German offensive; it is believed he went to search for a wounded officer.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Paget
  • Forenames or initials: Samuel James
  • House: College
  • Years in School: 1908-1914
  • Rank: Captain (Brigade Major)
  • Regiment: 149 Infantry Brigade, General List
  • Date of Birth: 13th September 1895
  • Date of Death: 26th March 1918
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer E5
  • Decoration: NA