Birth: 29 July 1886

Place or Registered Place of Birth: Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey

Baptism: Not Known

Place of Baptism: Not Known

Death: 12 March 1952 - Aged 65

Place or Registered Place of Death: Leicester, Leicestershire

Father: Thomas Guy Paget

Mother: Frances Edith Nugent Vaughan

Spouse(s): Emma Bettine Des Voeux

Date of Marriage: 14 November 1907

Place or Registered Place of Marriage: Kensington, Middlesex


Reginald Guy Thomas Bentinck Des Voeux Paget (1908-1990)
John William Frederick Guy Paget (1910-1942)
Brenda Edith Marion Bettine Des Voeux Paget (1913-)


Major Thomas Guy Frederick Paget (29 July 1886 – 12 March 1952), was a British soldier and Conservative politician.

Paget was the son of Thomas Guy Paget, of Ibstone, Buckinghamshire. His great-grandfather Thomas Paget, of Lubenham, was a banker and represented Leicestershire in Parliament while his great-uncle, also named Thomas Paget, represented Leicestershire South and Harborough. Paget sat as Member of Parliament for Bosworth from 1922 to 1923.

Paget died in March 1952, aged 65. His son Reginald was also a politician.

The Letters of Rudyard Kipling
Major Thomas Guy Paget (1886--1952), of Sulby Manor, Northamptonshire, served in the First World War with the Scots Guards and with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in the Second. He had been gassed in Flanders, and commanded a howitzer battery in Palestine. He was High Sheriff of Leicestershire, 1947-48. A keen hunter, he wrote local history, including a History of the Althorpe and Pytchley Hunt, 1937. Paget writes that "my first meeting with Rudyard Milling was a chance one at the Carlton Club in the early days of the War. He took me for a New Army officer, and I let him draw me for some time before I told him that I was a 'pre-war Guardee'. After that we often lunched together when I was in town" (Paget, Letters from Rudyard Kipling, p. 5).

Copy from the Principal Probate Registry of the Will and Testament of Emma Bettine des Voeux, widow of Thomas Guy Frederick Paget, of 4, Astell House, Astell Street, London. Dated 18/01/1962. Codicil Added 29/10/1964. Second Codicil Added 09/04/1965. [Includes two closed documents]

The Times - March 13, 1952
The death of Major Thomas Guy Frederick Paget, who was thrown while attempting a high jump with the Fernie yesterday and instantly killed, was of a piece with his life. He was 65.

His father, the elder Thomas Guy Paget, of Ibstock, having died when his son was only eight, the latter inherited the responsibilities of a landlord practically from the day he left Eton, and took them up with the solicitude and understanding of a man who felt himself to be one in blood and interest with his tenants and neighbours. His regular commission was in the Scots Guards; but in the war of 1914 he threw in his lot with the 7th Battalion, The Northamptonshire Regiment, which he had helped to raise in his own country, and after serving as their adjutant in France was seconded to the R.F.A. and went on to take a part in Adenby's conquest of Palestine - the subject of his Chronicle of the Last Crusade.

Back in England after the armistice, Paget continued to follow the traditional career of a landed gentleman both in his own county and in London. His estates being on the borders of Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, he became a Justice for both counties and a Deputy Lieutenant; and he eventually served his term as High Sheriff of Leicestershire in 1947-48. In London he was for some time a member of the Court of Common Council and was Master of the Painter-Stainers' Company; and he sat for a year in Parliament (1922-23) as Independent Tory member for Bosworth.

In the years between the wars he was adding to the notable collection of sporting pictures which he had inherited, became a considerable authority upon them, and wielded a busy and versatile pen. His published works included hunting reminiscences and biographies, county history, war books, and three historical novels about the Yorkist princes of the fifteenth century. The connecting link between all these was Paget's unceasing quest for the essential England. On the outbreak of war in 1939 he undertook the deputy master- ship of the Fernie (he was also prominent with the Pytchley); but he was determined from the outset to get himself accepted for some kind of service with the forces. He was not content with a commission in the Local Defence Volunteers with his old rank of major, and eventually, though too old to fly, gladly stepped down to pilot officer in order to join the R.A.F.V.R.

Like nearly all the members of his order, Paget found his position as a landlord becoming gradually more confined with the changing times. He had long ceased to live in his ancestral home at Sulby; but in the former dower house at Wheler Lodge, at Husbands Bosworth, he and his wife, who was Bettine, daughter of the late Sir William des Voeux, maintained a hospitable home after the ancient tradition of English country life. He is survived by his wife and two sons.


1891 Census:

House, Leigh Park, Havant, Waterlooville, Hampshire
Living with his Brother-in-Law, Frederick FitZ???
Guy Paget - Brother-in-Law - Married - 47 - 1844 - Banker - Liverpool, Lancashire
Mary Paget - Niece - 16 - 1875 - London
Kathleen - Niece - 12 - 1879 - London
Mabel - Niece - 10 - 1881 - London
Dorothea - Niece - 5 - 1886 - Thames Ditton
Thomas - Nephew - 4 - 1887 - Thames Ditton
Edith Paget - Sister-in-Law - 43 - 1848 - Longford, Ireland
Violet - Niece - 21 - 1870 - London

1901 Census:

Waynflete House, Eton, Buckinghamshire (Eton School)
Thomas G. Paget - Boarder - 14 - Student - Esher, Surrey

1911 Census:

Orleton, Wellington, Shropshire
Thomas and Emma were visitors at the home of the Herbert family.
Emma Bettine Paget - Visitor - Married 3 years - 2 children living - 23 - Private Means - London
Thomas Guy Frederick Paget - Visitor - Married - 24 - Private Means - Esher, Surrey

Major Thomas Guy Frederick Paget