Alfred Wyndham Paget

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Admiral SIR Alfred Wyndham Paget, K.C.B., K.C.M.G., D.S.O., Royal Navy (20 March, 1852 – 17 June, 1918) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Paget was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant with seniority of 28 December, 1877.[1]

On 17 May, 1887, he was appointed in command of the gunboat Starling.[2]

Paget was found to need glasses in July 1893 to correct his short-sightedness.[3]

With this hurdle cleared, he was appointed to the screw sloop Dolphin on 11 August, 1893.[4]

Captain

Paget was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1896.[5]

On 3 June, 1899, Paget was appointed a Companion in the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (C.M.G.).[6]

Also in June 1899, he assumed command of the second class protected cruiser Astræa[7] until February of 1901 when he became captain of the first class protected cruiser Endymion[8]

He took command of the battleship Royal Sovereign on 13 May, 1903.[9]

In March 1904, he assumed command of the second class protected cruiser Charybdis.[10]

He was appointed a Naval Aide-de-Camp to King Edward VII dated 1 July, 1905, vice Callaghan.[11] For his services in connection with the settlement of French claims in Newfoundland Paget was appointed an Ordinary Member of the Second Class, or Knight Commander, in the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (K.C.M.G.) on 9 November.[12]

Flag Rank

Paget was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 1 October, 1906.[13]

On the occasion of King George V's coronation he was appointed an Additional Member of the Second Class, or Knight Commander, in the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (K.C.B.) on 19 June, 1911.[14]

Paget was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 1 March, 1911, vice Lambton.[15]

Paget was promoted to the rank of Admiral on 8 December, 1913, vice Denison.[16]

Paget's name was mentioned as a possibility for the position of First Naval Member of the Australian Commonwealth Naval Board, but Admirals Sir George F. King-Hall and Sir Reginald F. H. Henderson were opposed.[17]

Great War

In accordance with the provisions of the Order in Council of 8 December, 1903, he was placed on the Retired List, at his own request, on 14 September, 1914.[18] He was granted a temporary Commission as Commander in the Royal Naval Reserve on 18 September, 1914.[19]

He was appointed a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.) on 4 June, 1917.[20]

Paget died at 34 Hans Road, Chelsea, on 17 June, 1918, aged sixty-six, after a bout of indifferent health.[21] Lady Paget died on 13 September from pneumonia aged just thirty-three, leaving behind the couple's eleven year old daughter,[22] Honor Cecilia Paget.

Bibliography

  • "Death of Admiral Paget" (Obituaries). The Times. Wednesday, 19 June, 1918. Issue 41820, col F, p. 9.

Papers

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
James B. Young
Captain of H.M.S. Starling
17 May, 1887[23][24] – 26 Mar, 1889[25]
Succeeded by
Henry B. Anson
Preceded by
Horatio N. Dudding
Captain of H.M.S. Dolphin
11 Aug, 1893[26] – mid 1896
Succeeded by
Joseph Honner
Preceded by
Henry D. Barry
Captain of H.M.S. Astræa
16 Jun, 1899[27] – 3 Apr, 1901[28]
Succeeded by
Casper J. Baker
Preceded by
George A. Callaghan
Captain of H.M.S. Endymion
4 Apr, 1901[29] – 4 Sep, 1902[30]
Succeeded by
Herbert G. King-Hall
Preceded by
Thomas MacGill
Captain of H.M.S. Royal Sovereign
13 May, 1903[31] – 3 Mar, 1904[32]
Succeeded by
Paul W. Bush
Preceded by
Bernard Currey
Captain of H.M.S. Scylla
2 Mar, 1904[33]
Succeeded by
Alfred E. A. Grant
Preceded by
Robert A. J. Montgomerie
Captain of H.M.S. Charybdis
4 Mar, 1904[34] – 24 Mar, 1905[35]
Succeeded by
Lawrence de W. Satow
Preceded by
George F. King-Hall
Senior Officer on the Coast of Ireland
30 Jul, 1908[36][37] – 18 Apr, 1911[38]
Succeeded by
Sir Charles H. Coke
Preceded by
Charles J. Barlow
Senior Officer in Charge, Auxiliary Patrol Area XVII
11 Apr, 1916 – Feb, 1917
Succeeded by
Robert S. D. Cuming
Preceded by
?
Senior Naval Officer, Larne
11 Apr, 1916 – Feb, 1917
Succeeded by
William W. Wilson

Footnotes

  1. The London Gazette: no. 24537. p. 2. 1 January, 1878.
  2. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 19 May, 1887. Issue 32076, col E, p. 10.
  3. Paget Service Record, in our PDF for Alfred Arthur Chase Parr. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1005.
  4. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Saturday, 12 August, 1893. Issue 34028, col B, p. 12.
  5. The London Gazette: no. 26757. p. 3978. 10 July, 1896.
  6. The London Gazette: no. 27091. p. 3865. 20 June, 1899.
  7. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  8. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  9. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 14 May, 1903. Issue 37080, col E, p. 10.
  10. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  11. The London Gazette: no. 27818. p. 4983. 18 July, 1905.
  12. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 27852. p. 7496. 19 October, 1906.
  13. The London Gazette: no. 27955. p. 6720. 5 October, 1906.
  14. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 28505. p. 4588. 19 June, 1911.
  15. The London Gazette: no. 28473. p. 1958. 7 March, 1911.
  16. The London Gazette: no. 28780. p. 9083. 9 December, 1913.
  17. Greene to Battenberg. Note of 17 February, 1914. The National Archives. ADM 1/8368/40. f. 3.
  18. The London Gazette: no. 28902. p. 7294. 14 September, 1914.
  19. The London Gazette: no. 28906. p. 7396. 18 September, 1914.
  20. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30111. p. 5462. 4 June, 1917.
  21. "Death of Admiral Paget" (Obituaries). The Times. Wednesday, 19 June, 1918. Issue 41820, col F, p. 9.
  22. "Lady Paget" (Obituaries). The Times. Saturday, 14 September, 1918. Issue 41895, col E, p. 9.
  23. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 19 May, 1887. Issue 32076, col E, p. 10.
  24. Paget Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/18. f. 372.
  25. Paget Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/18. f. 372.
  26. The Navy List. (March, 1896). p. 218.
  27. Paget Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/18. f. 372.
  28. Paget Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/18. f. 372.
  29. Paget Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/18. f. 372.
  30. Paget Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/18. f. 372.
  31. Paget Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/18. f. 372.
  32. Paget Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/18. f. 372.
  33. The Navy List. (November, 1905). p. 374.
  34. Paget Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/18. f. 372.
  35. Paget Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/18. f. 372.
  36. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 23 June, 1908. Issue 38680, col D, p. 16.
  37. Paget Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/18. f. 372.
  38. Paget Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/18. f. 372.