Joseph Harrison Rochester

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Joseph Harrison Rochester
Born 1895
Died 1914 (aged 18–19)
Hillcrest, Alberta
Cause of death Hillcrest Mine Disaster
Resting place Hillcrest Cemetery
Nationality English
Occupation Timber Packer

Early Life


Born 3/4 1895 at Gateshead Registration District (1901 census says Ryton, Durham, England)


George Rochester married Mary Jane Harrison 2/4 1880 at Gateshead, Durham

Miner and Siblings (in birth order)

  • Mary Ann Rochester (married Joseph Oliphant - lived Medicine Hat and Passburg, Alberta)
  • George Thomas Rochester
  • Sarah Jane Rochester
  • William Nixon Rochester
  • Margaret Rochester
  • Madeline Rochester
  • Joseph Harrison Rochester
  • Jasper Rochester (died Hinton, Alberta, in 1955)



Census Records

1901 Ryton, Durham, age 5, born Ryton
1911 Gateshead, Durham, age 15, occupation: [minr] at Bank

Immigration to Canada

1913 Ship Empress of Britain, age 18, going to Medicine Hat, occupation miner (going to Oliphant's in Medicine Hat)

Occupation in 1914

Timber Packer

Hillcrest Mine Disaster June 19, 1914 - Killed


Joseph was buried in the Hillcrest cemetery with his brother but not certain if they are in the Mass Grave or not.

After the Hillcrest Mine Disaster


Schedule E


George Rochester, Emmavale, West Ryton on Tyne, England

Interesting Facts

Joseph's brother William Nixon Rochester was also killed in the Hillcrest Mine Disaster.

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