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Rupert and Mary Pallett

Our Treasured Heritage
A History of Coalhurst and District
Pages 462
by Barbara DenHoed

Rupert Pallett was born in Staffordshire, England May 1, 1884. He immigrated to Canada in 1905, first stopping in Toronto where he could find no work. He then headed Lethbridge hoping to work on the railway bridge.

He went to Europe with the 39th Battery CFA to fight in World War 1. He returned in 1919 and worked in the coal mining industry. In 1922 he moved to Wigan (Coalhurst) with his wife Mary and children. When he first asked for a job in the Coalhurst mine, the boss had told him there were no openings, but he could have a tour of the mine . As they toured the mine they came upon a broken down machine which the machinist could not fix. Grandad, taking a great interest in the machine asked if he could try - he did and fixed it. He was hired on the spot.

Some years later the family moved to Diamond City to the mine there and then to No. 8 mine in Lethbridge. He retired in 1930 in Lethbridge where he passed away in 1973.

Fred Pallett, brother of Rupert, also worked in the Coalhurst mine for many years. He and his wife May lived in Coalhurst. Uncle Fred was supposed to work the shift of the mine explosion, but luckily had changed shifts with another man the day before.

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