Robert Smith

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

Early Life


Robert Thomson Whitelaw Smith was born 3 Jul 1885 at 7 Leechlee St., Hamilton, father John Smith, coal miner, and mother Margaret Hamilton.


John Smith married Margaret Hamilton 31 Dec 1872 in Hamilton, Lanark

Miner and Siblings (in birth order)

  • James Smith
  • Helen Jack Smith (married Robert Coulter 1897 in Hamilton)
  • William Thomson Smith
  • John Smith
  • George Smith
  • Robert Smith
  • Alexander Smith
  • Margaret Smith



Census Records

1891 Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland, age 1901 Hamilton, Lanarkshire, age 15, coal miner

Immigration to Canada

Unable to locate

Occupation in 1914


Hillcrest Mine Disaster June 19, 1914 - Killed


Robert is buried in the Hillcrest Cemetery but not in the Mass Grave.

After the Hillcrest Mine Disaster


Schedule E


Mrs. Robert Coulter, Hillcrest

Interesting Facts

Robert Smith was a brother-in-law to Robert Coulter, who was also killed in the Hillcrest Mine Disaster.
"In loving memory of our dear brother, Robert Smith, who was accidentally killed in Hillcrest Mine Disaster, Alberta, Canada, on 19 June 1914".
Inserted by his brother and sister, John and Bella, Selkirk Street, Hamilton.
Gone from amongst us, oh! how we miss him

 Bleeding hearts alone can tell;

Earth has lost him, heaven hath found him,

 Jesus doeth all things well.

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