7th Hussars

Harold Paget CB DSO

Harold Paget was the commanding officer of the 7th Hussars during their 1896 campaign in Matabeleland and Mashonaland. As a captain, in 1884-5, he was adjutant to the Light Camel Regiment in the Sudan and was wounded in that campaign. He was the son of Col Leopold Paget, a Royal Artillery officer in the Indian Mutiny, and grandson of the Hon Berkeley Paget, younger brother of The Marquess of Anglesey and an officer in the 7th Hussars until 1809. The photo shows him as CO of the 7th in Bulawayo 1896 during the the Matabele Rising amongst his officers. He is the shorter man with a bamboo cane and a devoted dog. Major Ridley is on the left and Prince Alexander of Teck is behind them.

1849 born 9th Sep in Binligthorpe, Yorkshire
1869 Cornet 7th Hussars, 27th Feb
1871 Lieutenant, 22nd Feb
1873 ADC to GOC Eastern district
1879 Captain, 23rd Mar
1879 ADC to Lord Lieutenant of Ireland
1884 Adjutant to Light Camel Regiment in Sudan
1885 Brevet Major, 15th June
1886 Major, 5th May
1888 Brigade Major of Cavalry at Aldershot
1893 Military Secretary to CIC Bombay
1895 Lieut-Colonel commanding 7th Hussars, 26th June (until 25th Jun 1899)
1896 Matabele Campaign
1900 South Africa. Paget's Horse
1933 Died 2nd Feb in London

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