William Paget-Tomlinson, who was born in 1877 and educated at Aldenham and Trinity Hall, Cambridge, joined the 7th Hussars in 1900.

Lt Col W Paget-Tomlinson, DSO
Lt Col W Paget-Tomlinson, DSO

He served in South Africa from 1901-02, being awarded the Queen’s Medal with 5 clasps, and was Adjutant of the Regiment 1910-1914.

When the Regiment went to Mesopotamia he was second-in-command to Lieutenant-Colonel Dalgety, but the latter’s health broke down before the start of operations, and “P.T.”, as he was always known, commanded the Regiment at Khanbagdadi, and throughout the operations on the Euphrates, winning a well-earned D.S.O.

For the remainder of the campaign, he was second-in-command to Lieutenant-Colonel Gibbs, was mentioned in dispatches, and brought the Regiment home in 1919, retiring soon afterwards. From 1921-1932 he held commands in the Territorial Army and was a J.P. for Lancashire from 1926.

In his young days, he was a fine athlete and represented Cambridge in the 120 yards Hurdles, and he was also a very useful polo player.

He died at his home near Carnforth on March 8th, 1962, having survived his wife by some years. There was a son and daughter of the marriage.

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  3. Timeline: Mesopotamia 1917-18
  4. Gallantry Award: Citation and Award of The Distinguished Service Order – Maj W Paget-Tomlinson, 7H