Birth: 5 May 1896

Place or Registered Place of Birth: Clerkenwell, Middlesex

Baptism: Not Known

Place of Baptism: Not Known

Death: 1979 - March Quarter - Aged 83

Place or Registered Place of Death: Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey

Father: Arthur Leonard Paget

Mother: Edith Gwendolen Brown

Spouse(s): Mary A. Campbell

Date of Marriage: 1945 - September Quarter

Place or Registered Place of Marriage: Staines, Middlesex


Richard Campbell Paget (1954-)
Pauline Virginia Paget (1947-)


1901 Census:

Arthur Paget - Head - Married - 35 - Distiller's Clerk - Clerkenwell
Edith Paget - Wife - 33 - 1868 - Brentwood, Essex
Arthur Paget - Son - 8 - 1893 - Chiswick. Middlesex
Robert Paget - Son - 5 - 1896 - Clerkenwell

1911 Census:

St John Street Lichfield, Staffordshire
Robert Cecil Paget - Boarder - 14 - School - London


I think the following is Robert Cecil Paget of this family. The story comes from Canada. I think that the family moved to Canada some time before 1911. Although Robert was schooled in Staffordshire.

Born in London, England in 1886. At the age of eleven, entered St. Paul's Cathedral Choir. In 1918 he was 1st Lieutenant on the Destroyer "Dance Patrol." Following his service in the navy, he was engaged in oil filed work in Egypt and in the early 1920's came to Turner Valley in a supervisor capacity.

While working in the Turner Valley oil fields he was severely burned in an oil well explosion fire and spent several months in a Calgary hospital, His face, arms and hands badly scared for life. In early 1929, Bob became field supervisor for Elbow Oils, a cable tool rig, drilling about 4 miles south of Bragg Creek, near the Elbow River.

The roads from Calgary to Bragg Creek were always in a less then desirable state and in wet weather, most difficult to navigate. From the village of Bragg Creek to the well site, the roads were often impassible for motor vehicles. Bob had just purchased a new, maroon coloured Durant coupe which was his pride and joy but often he had to leave it at the Jake Fullerton ranch and ride horseback to the well.

The crew was mostly Turner Valley men and the majority former American oil field workers. Some were very rough characters and there was considerable resentment in having a well educated English gentleman as supervisor. Bob was keenly aware of this resentment and made every effort to be "just one of the boys". The head driller was an American named Cara Grant and his wife was the camp cook. Some old time Valley residents were Peter Rischaug family. The two oldest Rischaug girls helped Mrs. Grant in the cook house. Virgil Ohlson, another Valley resident worked on the rig. When the Elbow Valley ceased operations, many of the Americans remained in Calgary trying to find employment and when these endeavors failed, they returned to the States.

Bob Paget found employment at the City Hall and in his spare time, made model oil derricks which he sold at nominal prices. These were real works of art. In 1933-4 Bob Paget returned to England and joined the British Army when war was declared. He wrote frequently to Mrs. Jake Fullerton and in his last letter, told her that he was in a unit chasing Rommel's Army across the desert. When his letters ceased, the Fullerton family suspected the worst and this was confirmed in the 1960s at Victoria during a conversation when the Paget name was mentioned. The informant was an ex Alberta Provincial Policeman. He said he was a Captain R.C. Paget's unit which was a bomb demolition group. The German army was in retreat and left booby traps buried in the sand. Captain Robert Cecil Paget was killed instantly while leading his men in this dangerous mission. (This story is incorrect, as Robert Cecil Paget died in 1979)

In the writer's possession is a book titles "Oil Finding," by pioneer petroleum geologist, E.H. Cunningham Craig, well known in Calgary and Turner Valley. On the fly leaf of this book is the inscription: R.C. Paget, with kind regards from the author, E.H. Cunningham Craig, 17-12-29. Both these kind and respected men will be remembered by all of us who knew them well.

1979 published by The Sheep River Historical Society

Captain Robert Cecil Paget