James Bradshaw

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James Bradshaw
Born 1868
Billinge, Lancashire, England
Died 1914 (aged 45–46)
Hillcrest, Alberta
Cause of death Hillcrest Mine Disaster
Resting place Hillcrest Cemetery
Nationality English
Occupation Miner
Religion 1912 Passenger List - Church of England

Early Life


Billinge, Lancashire, England


Benjamin Bradshaw married Jane Gee in Wigan, Lancashire 4/4 1856

Miner and Siblings (in birth order)

  • Ellen Bradshaw
  • Mary Ann Bradshaw
  • John Bradshaw
  • James Bradshaw
  • William Bradshaw


James Bradshaw and Elizabeth Shaw were married Independent Methodist Chapel, Downall Green Road, Bryn, Lancashire in 1886.


  • Thomas Bradshaw
  • Benjamin Bradshaw
  • Mary Jane Bradshaw
  • Frederick Alexander Bradshaw
  • Herbert Bradshaw
  • John or Jack Bradshaw

James had 5 children, 15, 13, 6, and baby, and an invalid daughter.

Census Records

  • 1881 Ashton in Makerfield, age 14, occupation labourer in a coal mine
  • 1891 Ashton, Lancashire, age 23, occupation Collier coal mine
  • 1901 Ashton in Makerfield, Lancashire, age 33 (or 35), occupation coal miner hewer
  • 1911 Wigan, Lancashire,

Immigration to Canada

1912 Ship Laurentic going to Frank, Alberta to join his son.
1913 Ship Empress of Ireland, age 44, returned to England, July
1914 Ship Empress of Britain age 46, going to Hillcrest, Alberta, March
Elizabeth and some children arrived 20 Jun 1914, 1 day after the Hillcrest Mine Disaster, destination Hillcrest.



Hillcrest Mine Disaster June 19, 1914


Hillcrest, Alberta in the Mass Grave

After the Hillcrest Mine Disaster

Widow Elizabeth Bradshaw returned to England in December 1914 and lived at 1 Bryn Terrace, Bryn, Wigan. She didn't remarry.


Schedule A

Interesting Facts

There may have been a connection with James Penn family, through the surname Gee.
Son Thomas Bradshaw married Hilda Moorehouse, daughter of Frederick Moorehouse, another victim of the Hillcrest Mine Disaster.

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