Paget George Irvine

Service:                Army

Rank:                   Captain

Unit:                     6th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment

Paget was born on 12th November 1876 Bengal, India & Christened on 13 Feb.1877 Umballa, West Bengal. His parents were Surgeon-Maj. George Nicol Irvine, A.M.D. (1840-1882) and Mary Irvine (nee Harle).

As a teenager in 1891 Paget is living with his widowed mother and siblings at Eastbourne in Sussex.  By the time of the 1901 census the family had moved to Fosseway, Clifton, Bristol, Paget now working in the legal profession as an articled clerk, training to become a solicitor like his older brother Kenneth. Qualified as a solicitor by 1911 Paget remains single and had moved with the family to 41 College Road, Clifton. He was a keen sportsman and a member of Clifton Rugby Club & Long Ashton Golf Club.

Paget was active in the Church Lads Brigade and served as Adjutant to 2nd Battalion of the Bristol Regiment CLB. At St Aidan’s Paget was a Licensed Lay Reader and the November 1914 parish magazine records his enlistment into the Army together with 7 other members of the congregation. Lieutenant Paget George Irvine’s commission into 6th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment is promulgated in the London Gazette 13th October 1914.

In January 1915 Lieutenant Irvine is training with The 6th Gloucester’s at Little Baddon Essex, and is conducting services for his men including St Aidan’s choir man G Fletcher who is in the same company.

This press cutting image is used by kind permission of IWM. © IWM (HU 116222) this link takes you to the IWM entry

The following newspaper report was published in the August 1915 Parish Magazine.

Bristol Territorials’ Impressive Communion Service.

An officer of the 6th Gloucesters, with the Expeditionary Force in France, writes :- On Thursday Morning , the 29th April, the brigade chaplain held a Communion service for the 6th Gloucester Regiment, as the battalion were to go to the trenches that night, and about 150 officers, non-commissioned officers and men attended. The service was held in the open-air, and it was the most impressive I have ever had the privilege to take part in. A few years ago I attended a Communion service in the little English church at Chamounix, and one could there see through the east window the towering mass of Mont Blanc; but that was nothing compared with the simple service held in a garden at the back of a large house, amidst the distant booming of guns; and overhead our guns shelling a German ‘plane. The service commenced with the hymn “How sweet the name of Jesus sounds,” and finished with “Jesu, Lover of my soul,” and the sound of those 150 voices singing in deep earnestness would have gladdened the heart of many vicars who grumble because their congregation will not sing. Lieut. Irvine, a well-known Church worker of Bristol, made all the necessary arrangements. Bristol Times & Mirror.

Sadly Paget George Irvine was to loose his life on 25th November 1915 he was killed by the explosion of a shell, death being caused by concussion.

The following notice appeared in the January 1916 Parish Magazine.

 Paget was laid to rest in the Hebuterne Military Cemetery. Grave reference I L 23. St. Aidan’s Choir man G. W. Fletcher as able to leave the trenches for a short while to attend the service.

  Image by kind permission of Commonwealth War Graves Commission.  

March 1917 parish magazine reports on the receipt of a cheque for £125 from the estate of the late Captain Irvine who express that in the event of his death part of his money should go to the Parish Hall Fund.

August 1917 magazine reports on the unveiling of a framed photograph of Captain Irvine at the All Hallows' Drill Hall, Easton Road. This is where Capt. Irvine was active with the Church Lads Brigade.

Captain Ivine Qualified for the 1914-15 Star, The Bristish War Medal and the Victory Medal, his btother Kenneth C Irvine applied for these, in respect of the services of his late brother, on 12th January 1919.

 


References 

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

1891, 1901 & 1911 UK census

Wikipedia.

The London Gazette

St Aidan’s parish Magazines