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Robert Lewis Serjeant

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David Report 5 Apr 2013 21:52

My great uncle, Robert Serjeant, was born in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia in 1891. He ultimately died in what I understand was a mining accident at Grand Forks, British Columbia, Canada, on the 24th October 1933. I am trying to find out the circumstances of his death.



Flip Report 5 Apr 2013 22:00

Just a suggestion, but if you change your title to "Canadian mining accidents" you may get one of our Canadian members to help you. They will have access to far more info than we know of.

Or just include Canada in your title


AnnCardiff Report 5 Apr 2013 22:11

have you looked on the web? just found this site but no mention of 1933

British Columbia Mining Explosions and Accidents
•Blakeburn, BC Coal Mine Explosion, Aug 1930
•Coal Creek, BC Mine Explosion, Aug 1928
•Cumberland, BC Coal Mine Explosion, Aug 1922
•Cumberland, BC Coal Mine Explosion, Dec 1899
•Cumberland, BC Coal Mine Explosion, July 1903
•Cumberland, BC Coal Mine Explosion, Feb 1923
•Departure Bay, BC Coal Mine Fire And Explosion, Apr 1879
•Extension, BC Coal Mine Erupts In Fire, Sep 1901
•Ferguson, BC Miners Suffocated, Mar 1903
•Fernie, BC Coal Mine Explosion, May 1902
•Ladysmith, BC Coal Mine Explosion, Oct 1909
•Michel, BC Coal Mine Gas Explosion, Aug 1916
•Morrisey, BC Carbonado Mine Explosion, Nov 1904
•Nanaimo, BC Coal Mine Explosion, June 1884
•Nanaimo, BC Mine Cage Accident, Sept 1918
•Nanaimo, BC Mine Explosion Disaster, May 1887
•Natal, BC Coal Mine Explosion, Apr 1967
•Reserve, BC Coal Mine Explosion, May 1915
•South Wellington, BC Mine Flooding, Feb 1915
•South Wellngton, BC Mining Rock Slide Accident, Dec 1940

Kenmare, ND mine accident, Aug 1908 | GenDisasters ...
District of Columbia; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois ... BAD ACCIDENT AT SOO MINE. Cable Gives Way and Miners ... The Grand Forks Daily Herald, Grand Forks, ND, 25 Aug 1908 - Cached


AnnCardiff Report 5 Apr 2013 22:12

some more websites

Merritt, British Columbia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
History|The Community|Commerce and industry|Merritt on film... caused the city to go into receivership from 1933 ... for Merritt was $44,280, which is below the British Columbia ... Grand Forks; Greenwood; Kamloops; Kelowna; Kimberley; Kitimat,_BC - Cached.More results from »Directory of NEWSPAPERS in BRITISH COLUMBIA Updated ...
October 2012; September 2012; August 2012; July 2012 ... accident” 2010) was the largest mining accident in ... MORE » Grand Forks, British Columbia :: Online Business Directory - Cached

Grand Forks Gazette - Grand Forks Gazette
With the Provincial Sales Tax coming back into affect, some businesses in Grand Forks are happy, some are not. READ - Cached

Great mining camps of Canada 5. Britannia Mines, British ...
... Great mining camps of Canada 5. Britannia Mines, British Columbia ... Falls and Grand Forks ... recover in 1933, and in 1936 it was decided to resume mining ... - Cached


AnnCardiff Report 5 Apr 2013 22:13

List of accidents and disasters by death toll - Wikipedia ...
Aviation|Explosions|Floods|Industrial disasters62 – Trans-Canada Air Lines Flight 810 ( British Columbia ... 372 – Chasnala mining disaster, Sudamdih ... Japan, October 1, 1933. 89 – SS Admella wrecked off South ... - Cached.


Vicci Report 5 Apr 2013 22:55

his death record

Name: Robert Lewis Serjeant
Gender: Male
Birth Year: abt 1892
Death Age: 41
Death Date: 24 Oct 1933
Death Location: Grand Forks
Registration number: 1933-09-477917
BCA Number: B13147
GSU Number: 1952658

Source Information: British Columbia, Canada, Death Index, 1872-1990 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2001.
Original data: British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency. British Columbia, Canada. British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency: P.O. Box 9657, Stn Prov Govt, Victoria, BC V8W 9P3.


ErikaH Report 5 Apr 2013 23:17


mgnv Report 6 Apr 2013 08:26

Often, one can find an image of the d.cert via:

but not this time - well at least not yet.


David Report 10 Apr 2013 21:32

I have been in contact with the local museum in Grand Forks and they have sent me a newspaper cutting from 1933 providing all the information and circumstances associated with my great uncle's death.

Thanks to everyone for their help and advice.