Birth: 10 January 1913

Place or Registered Place of Birth: Ashby de la Zouch, Derbyshire

Baptism: Not Known

Place of Baptism: Not Known

Death: February 1994

Place or Registered Place of Death: Chippenham, Wiltshire

Father: Francis Edward Howard Paget

Mother: Anna Maria Burnaby Dyott

Spouse(s): Charles Rochfort-Boyd

Date of Marriage: 1 December 1938

Place or Registered Place of Marriage: Hong Kong (GRO Index Army Marriages)


Elizabeth Beatrice Howard Paget was born on 10 January 1913. She is the daughter of Francis Edward Howard Paget and Anna Maria Dyott. She married Major Charles Rochfort-Boyd, son of Colonel Henry Charles Rochfort-Boyd, on 1 December 1938. She and Major Charles Rochfort-Boyd were divorced in 1968.

Elizabeth Beatrice was interned by the Japanese at Camp Holmes Internement Camp, la Trinidad, Phillipines. A letter from her to Mrs. Frances Paget, dated September 25th 1943, was censored by both the Japanese and the British:

Philippines to England
September 25, 1943
This cover contained a censored letter from a female British civilian internee detained in Camp Holmes, la Trinidad, Luzon. Camp Holmes is often associated with Baguio which is only a few kilometers south southeast of la Trinidad.

One of the near-forgotten stories of World War II were the Japanese prison camps in which both military and civilian prisoners were held. Those in the Phlippines were notorious. Camp Holmes held civilians.

The infrequent letters to relatives were occasions of intense and varied emotions. Anguish was expressed for the deplorable conditions of the internees and relief that the loved one was still alive.

The cover was postmarked MANILA No. 1/PHILIPPINES, 1943 (Sep 25) with a clear duplex cancel. The cover is standard Prisoner of War Post stationery.

The purple and red stamps are Japanese censor marks.

The destination of the cover was Maidstone, Kent, England. Maidstone is about 50 km southeast of the heart of London.

The British also censored the letter and applied a tape on reverse. This cover was probably transported on the 2nd voyage of M/V Gripsholm and routed on to England from the United States.

The sender and the addressee also have an interesting story to tell.

Mrs. C. Rochfort-Boyd was the wife of Major Charles Boyd of the Royal Artillery.
The two were married on December 1, 1938.
Mrs. C. Rochfort-Boyd (Elizabeth Beatrice Howard Paget) was born January 10, 1913.
She was the daughter of Francis Edward Howard Paget.
The cover was addressed to Francis Paget.

I wonder if the Japanese knew the distinguished station of their prisoner.

Elizabeth Beatrice Howard Paget