Walter Padgett

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameWalter Gell•Padgett
Used nameWalter•Padgett
Born1867 in Kingston upon Hull, England (GBR)
Died4 May 1929 in Kingston upon Hull, England (GBR)
NOC Great Britain
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1


Born in Hull, Walter Padgett was the senior partner of the plumbing and electrical engineering firm of W. G. Padgett & Sons, based in the town. He was also a director of Hull FC Rugby League Club. Padgett was acknowledged as one of the finest rifle shots produced by Yorkshire, and for 22 years he served as a volunteer and rifleman with the 1st Volunteer Battalion of the East Yorkshire Regiment (Hull Rifles).

Padgett had a fine record in the annual Bisley Meeting. He won the Grand Aggregate Silver Cross in 1906, and added the Gold Cross the following year when he was also runner-up in the Secretary of State for War prize. That year, however, 1907, he was involved in one of the most bizarre turn of events seen at Bisley.

In the Meeting’s leading event, the King’s Prize, Padgett finished one point ahead of the Lieutenant W. C. Addison, and Private T. P. Hope. Having been congratulated on his victory by Lord Roberts, the band was getting ready to start up and accompany Padgett on his victory parade as he was chaired around the grounds. An objection, however, was put in. It had been discovered earlier that his sixth cartridge in the final round was defective and did not reach the target. He was allowed to fire one more cartridge that gave him three points and enough to win the title by two points. But the objection claimed he should not have been allowed a replacement cartridge as per the rules and those three points were deducted, relegating Padgett to fifth place. The title eventually went to Addison after a shoot-off, as he became the first Australian winner of the King’s Prize, and on his Bisley début.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Shooting GBR Walter Padgett
Military Rifle, 200/500/600/800/900/1,000 yards, Team, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 2 Silver


Name previously given as William G. Padgett, but Walter Gell Padgett is correct per British military records.