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Posted on Tuesday 16th July

Lord Anglesey of Plas Newydd, Anglesey, passed away on 13 July, aged 90.

George Charles Henry Victor Paget was born on October 8 1922 into a family of distinguished soldiers, whom he honoured by producing an 8-volume History of the British Cavalry. When the first part was published in 1973, it was described as 'a work of astounding ability' and won the Chesney Gold Medal of the Royal United Services Institute for military history in 1996.

His decision to take on the project, which took him 25 years to complete, arose from his interest in how men and animals behave in peace and war, and because he felt there was a gap in our military history. His fascination for his ancestor, Lord Uxbridge - famous for his role at Waterloo which led to the creation of the marquisate - stimulated his interest in military history. He authored several books before A History of the British Cavalry, including a biography of the 1st Marquess, One Leg.

Lord Anglesey sat on the Conservative benches in the House of Lords, and served with various institutions such as the National Museum of Wales; the Historic Buildings Council for Wales; the Welsh Committee of the National Trust; the Royal Fine Art Commission, and was a trustee of the National Portrait Gallery and of the National Heritage Memorial Fund.

Furthermore, he was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Society of Literature and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He was also an Honorary Doctor of Literature of the University of Wales and was Lord Lieutenant of Gwynedd in the 1980s.

He married Shirley Morgan in 1948 and they had 2 sons and 3 daughters. The eldest son now succeeds to the title.

All 8 volumes of A History of the British Cavalry are available from Pen and Sword Books, who are currently offering all 8 books for £200, or discounts on individual volumes.

Further Reading

A History Of The British Cavalry 1816-1919 Volume 1: 1816-1850

Only £40.00

A History Of The British Cavalry 1816-1919 Volume 1: 1816-1850

(Hardback - 336 pages)
by Marquess of Anglesey

The first volume, after a prologue in which the origins and early development of mounted warfare are discussed, including the Waterloo Campaign of 1815, covers the period from 1816-1850. During this period, the Cavalry were chiefly in action in India, fighting in a number of wars from the Nepal War, through to the First Afghan and First and Second Sikh Wars. Read more...


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