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pauldesmondwhite   
pauldesmondwhite

Almeric Paget (from the Staffordshire family) is supposed to have been the founder of the Almeric Paget Military Massage Corps (APMMC). A busy guy, well documented on Wikipedia, out of the blue (it seems) in November 1914 "founded the Massage and Electrical Outpatient Clinic, in premises at 55 Portland Place, London, loaned by Lady Alexander Paget [thought to be a cousin, according to one account]. For the duration of the First World War the clinic treated an average of 200 wounded officers and soldiers per day."

Does anyone know where he got the inspiration or know-how? There has even been a question whether this is the same guy who spent his early years as a cowboy in USA!!!

You might say that massage started to gain respectability thanks to another Paget (descended from Huguenot refugee Valerian c.1540), Mary Rosalind Paget, DBE, ARRC. Thanks again to Wiki, "Founding member [1894] of the Society of Trained Masseuses (later Chartered Society of Massage and Medical Gymnastics, then Chartered Society of Physiotherapists)." An absolutely wonderful woman, was she part of Almeric's inspiration?

Lady Aberconway donated her London house for convalescing officers and men, and shortly after her Haslemere home Hlders that would become the Hilders Military Hospital. I've heard this made use of massage therapy and may have been staffed by APMMC practitioners. Any details?

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Sue Light   
Sue Light

I think this was started as a purely philanthropic venture to aid the war effort. They would not have needed any knowledge in that area - many influential men and women were organising and funding medical units of various sorts, with no experience themselves, but with time, money and good connections. One document about the service says:

The Almeric Paget Massage Corps was started in August of last year on the outbreak of War by Mr. Almeric Paget M.P. and Mrs Paget. They were most anxious to assist with the care of the wounded in the most practical way, and knowing the enormous amount of good that had been done by massage in the recent Servian War, they felt this to be the most useful form of assistance to offer the authorities of the War Office ...

Sue

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Jennyford   
Jennyford

Wikipedia suggests that Paget spent time on a cattle ranch ranch in the US. You might get more reliable info from Harrow School archives. Or his personal papers, which can be accessed via the University of Wales Bangor Library, according to the NRA.

Jennian

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Fizzio1   
Fizzio1

Re philanthropy: As well as the formation of the APMMC, Paget also sponsored the formation of a Cambridgeshire Battalion known as the Cambridge Suffolks. The Battalion was originallyn posted in the UK but went to France in 1916. (70 members dies during the War including 190 on the first day of the Somme

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Jim Strawbridge   
Jim Strawbridge

Re philanthropy: As well as the formation of the APMMC, Paget also sponsored the formation of a Cambridgeshire Battalion known as the Cambridge Suffolks. The Battalion was originallyn posted in the UK but went to France in 1916. (70 members dies during the War including 190 on the first day of the Somme

Something wrong here with the numbers.

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Fizzio1   
Fizzio1

My mistake Brigadier General. It should read 970 died 190 on first day of the Somme.

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