John Sands

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John Sands
Born 1885
Died 1914 (aged 28–29)
Hillcrest, Alberta
Cause of death Hillcrest Mine Disaster
Resting place Hillcrest Cemetery
Nationality English
Occupation Miner

Early Life


Born 2/4 1885, Ashton in Makerfield, Wigan, Lancashire


Married 1881 James H. Sands married Ann Winstanley 3/4 1881 Wigan Registration District, Lancashire.

Miner and Siblings (in birth order)

  • Thomas Sands
  • Mary A. Sands
  • John Sands
  • William Sands
  • Sarah Sands
  • Arthur Sands
  • Alfred Sands
  • James Sands
  • Annie Sands
  • Emily Sands



Census Records

1901 Ashton in Makerfield, Lancashire, age 16
1911 Ashton in Makerfield, age 26, coal miner - hewer

Immigration to Canada

1913 Ship Victorian, age 27, had been a mine for 15 years, going to Coleman, Alberta

Occupation in 1914


Hillcrest Mine Disaster June 19, 1914 - Killed


John is buried in the Mass Grave in Hillcrest.

After the Hillcrest Mine Disaster


Schedule E


Long Lane, Bryn near Wigan, Lancashire
Robert Oakes, Hillcrest

Interesting Facts

John came to Canada with Peter Ackers and William Moore who were also killed in the Hillcrest Mine Disaster.

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