Thomas Corkill

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Thomas Corkill
Born 1865
Bride, Isle of Man
Died 1914 (aged 48–49)
Hillcrest, Alberta
Cause of death Hillcrest Mine Disaster
Resting place Fernie, British Columbia
Nationality English
Occupation Miner

This is a revised page for Thomas Corkill. New information was received October 6, 2016.

Early Life


Baptised 4 Jun 1865, at Bride, Isle of Man.


John Corkill married Catharine Cowle in the Parish of Bride, Isle of Man. 19 July 1856.

Miner and Siblings (in birth order)

  • Anne Jane (25 Jun 1857, Bride -
  • John (23 Jan 1859, Bride - )
  • Robert (29 Dec 1861, Bride - )
  • Thomas (4 Jun 1865, Bride - 19 June 1914)
  • William (10 Nov 1867, Maughold -
  • James (27 Mar 1870, Maughold -)
  • Catherine Mary (14 Jul 1872, Maughold, Isle of Man
  • Henry Christian (6 Sep 1874 -)
  • Phillip (1877 - )
  • Charles Christian (4 Oct 1879, Ramsey - )



Census Records

1871 Maughold, Isle of Man, age 6
1881 Maughold, Isle of Man, age 15, scholar

Occupation in 1914


Hillcrest Mine Disaster June 19, 1914 - Killed


Thomas Corkill is buried in Fernie, British Columbia.

After the Hillcrest Mine Disaster


Schedule E


A brother on Police Force, Liverpool
Evan Evans, Fernie, B.C.

Alternate Names or Alternate Spelling of Names

Corkill, Corkel, Corkhill, Corkle

Interesting Facts

Anderson, Frank W. Hillcrest Mine Disaster. "Tom Corkill, 41, miner, who had already survived a terrible blast in the Kenmore mines, went to work that morning with a feeling of nostalgia. He had obtained a homestead in the Lethbridge area and would be leaving for it on Saturday. This would be his last shift in the Hillcrest workings..." [Where is the Kenmore mine? Could it be Canmore, Alberta?]

Manitoba Free Press, 23 June 1914, Thomas Corkle was a Mason

Winnipeg Free Press, 20 June 1914. Superintendent Thomas Corkill was employed in a dual capacity in Michel (British Columbia) namely, working for the Crow’s Nest Pass Coal Company and also as a Justice of the Peace. This well-known gentleman was severing his employ with the company on Saturday, intending to take up his residence in the neighborhood of Nelson, BC, where he is believed to have some property.

Winnipeg Free Press 20 Jun 1914. Well known in Michel and Fernie.

A cemetery headstone was placed in the town of Maughold, inscribed with the following: In Loving Memory of Thomas Corkill, killed in explosion at Crows Nest Colliery, Hillcrest, Canada, interred at Fernie, B.C. 27 Jun 1914, aged 48 years
also Pte. William Corkill, Australian Imperial Forces, brother of the above, killed in France 6 Feb 1917, Interred in Boulogne Cemetery aged 49 years.

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