William Nixon Rochester

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William Nixon Rochester
Born 1886
Died 1914 (aged 27–28)
Hillcrest, Alberta
Cause of death Hillcrest Mine Disaster
Resting place Hillcrest Cemetery
Nationality English
Occupation Miner

Early Life


Born 1/4 1887 at Gateshead Registration District


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

1891 Crawcrook, Durham, age 4
1901 Ryton, Durham, age 14, driver in a coal mine
1911 Taber, Alberta, age 24, occupation miner, living with Oliphants

Immigration to Canada

1910 Ship Empress of Britain, age 23, single, going to Frank, Alberta

Occupation in 1914


Hillcrest Mine Disaster June 19, 1914 - Killed


William 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

William's brother Joseph Harrison Rochester was also killed in the Hillcrest Mine Disaster.
William was a member of the Hillcrest Football Team

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