Birth: 19 October 1874

Place or Registered Place of Birth: Sutton Bonnington, Leicestershire

Baptism: Not Known

Place of Baptism: Not Known

Death: 9 December 1936

Place or Registered Place of Death: Kings Newton Hall, near Derby

Date Of Burial: 14 December 1936

Place of Burial: Marlepit Hill Cemetery, Sutton Bonington, Leicestershire

Father: George Ernest Paget

Mother: Sophia Holden


1. Alexandra Louise Godolphin-Osborne

2. Florence Batt

Date of Marriage:

1. 1906 - March Quarter

2. 1927, March Quarter

Place or Registered Place of Marriage:

1. Marylebone, Middlesex

2. Paddington, London



Sir Cecil Walter Paget CMG, DSO (19 October 1874 - 9 December 1936), was a British locomotive engineer and railway administrator.

Cecil Paget was the son of Sir George Ernest Paget, Chairman of the Midland Railway Company (MR) 1890-1911. He was born at Sutton Bonnington, educated at Harrow and Pembroke College, Cambridge,[citation needed] and then joined the MR as an engineering pupil of S. W. Johnson, the company's Locomotive Superintendent. Paget rose quickly to become Works Manager at the main Derby Works from 1904, under Johnson's successor R. M. Deeley. He was also Deeley's deputy.

Interest in possible developments of the classic steam locomotive led Paget to design and build a 2-6-2 steam locomotive with many novel features (8 single-acting cylinders, sleeve valves, etc.) at Derby. He financed this from his own pocket, and work began in 1906 while he was Works Manager.

April 1907 saw Paget appointed General Superintendent of the MR by the new General Manager Guy Granet. The role, which would now be called Chief Operating Officer, was expanded from that of the previous 'Superintendent of the Line' and put him in charge of the daily running of the locomotive department, which was formerly a responsibility of his erstwhile boss, Deeley. The appointment was also open to charges of nepotism against his father. This inevitably led to some friction. When Paget ran out of money for his experimental locomotive, it was completed by the MR at an additional cost of £1,500, but, without the close supervision of Paget, and probably because of the animosity of Deeley, there was inadequate testing and a lack of remedial work on the design. Work stopped in 1909 and the remains of the locomotive were scrapped in about 1915.

Paget's radical ideas were more successful in the sphere of traffic management and his introduction of train reporting, centralized traffic control and locomotive numbering by power type quickly reduced costs incurred by delays to trains. A point of agreement with Deeley was the need for larger locomotives to haul heavier trains, but this policy failed to get past the company's board because of the capital expenditure required (particularly on replacing weak under-bridges).

In 1906 Cecil Paget married Lady Alexandra Osborne, fourth daughter of the 9th Duke of Leeds, and they restored a 17th-century hall at Kings Newton, near Melbourne, just south of Derby, as their home. Cecil lived there until his death.

He served in France with the Railway Operating Division in World War I, commanding operations in France and Belgium and rising to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the Royal Engineers. His military awards were the DSO in 1916, the CMG in 1918 and he was Mentioned in Despatches. The French awarded him Officier de la Légion d'honneur and the Belgians their Officier de l'Ordre de la Couronne.

After the war Paget didn't return to railway work. He succeeded to the baronetcy in 1923, his elder brother George having been killed during the 1900 Transvaal campaign in the second Boer War. His wife obtained a divorce in 1925 and Paget subsequently married Florence, daughter of James Butt. He died in 1936, survived by his second wife, but without children, and was buried in the family plot at Marlepit Hill cemetery, Sutton Bonington.


Remembering Sutton Bonington

Cecil Walter Paget, a brilliant engineer who followed his father in the Midland Railway, being General Superintendent for 10 years. His first marriage was to Lady Alexandra Godolphin in 1906 and they made their home at Kings Newton, near Derby, where he rebuilt the burnt out old Hall. He was divorced in 1925. He served in the First World War with honours, and succeeded to the baronetcy and the estate in 1923 when Sir Ernest died and was buried beside his wife in the Marlepit Hill cemetery. Sir Cecil, who died in 1936 without issue, was also buried there with his second wife, Florence.

Cecil Walter Paget was born at Sutton Bonington, near Loughborough on 19 April 1874 and died at Kings Newton near Derby on 9 December 1936 according to Marshall. He was son of the Midland's Chairman, George Ernest Paget and grandson of one of the original Board members. He was eduacated at Harrow (see Rudgard below) and was one of Johnson's pupils at Derby. In 1899 he was sent to the Baldwin Works at Schenectady to supervise the construction of a batch of 2-6-0s. On return he was rapidly promoted until appointed Assistant Locomotive Superintendent under Deeley.

National Register
Divorce Court File: 6135. Appellant: Alexandra Louisa Godolphin Paget, Lady Paget. Respondent: Sir Cecil Walter Paget. Type: Wife's petition for divorce [wd].
Covering dates 1924
Divorce Granted in 1925

The Times - December 11, 1936
Paget. - On Dec. 9, 1936, at King's Newton Hall, near Derby, suddenly, Sir Cecil Walter Paget, C.M.G., D.S.O., the beloved husband of Florence Paget, in his 63rd year. Service at St. Andrew's Church (The Railway Church), London Road, Derby, at 2 p.m., Monday, Dec. 14. Interment at Sutton Bonington (Station Kegworth) at 3.30 p.m.. Flowers to the Hall, Sutton Bonington.


1881 Census:

Sutton Hall, Sutton-Bonnington (Nottingham)
George Ernest Paget - Head - Married - 39 - Magistrate for Notts and Leicestershire - Sutton Bonnington, Notts.
Sophia Paget - Wife - 34 - London
Hylda Sophia Paget - Daughter - 15 - Scholar - Sutton Bonnington
George Leigh Paget - Son - 9 - Scholar - Sutton Bonnington
Cecil Walter Paget - Son - 5 - Scholar - Sutton Bonnington
Charles W. Holden - Visitor - Single - 26 - Clerk in the Bank of Scotland - London (presumably the brother of Hylda Sophia Paget (nee Holden)

1891 Census:

Hall, Main Street, Sutton Bonnington, Leicestershire
George E. Paget - Head - Married - 49 - Retired Lieut-Col. Cavalry, Magistrate, Farmer - Sutton Bonnington
George L. Paget - Son - Single - 19 - Gentleman, Cadet at Sandhurst - Sutton Bonnington
Cecil W. Paget - Son - 16 - Scholar - Sutton Bonnington

Lieut.-Col. Sir Cecil Walter Paget