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Percy Sherrington

Our Treasured Heritage
A History of Coalhurst and District
Pages 511-512

Percy was born in Wigan, Lancashire. England on August 11, 1906. He was raised and educated in England. In the summer of 1928. He came to Canada as a harvest immigrant. Percy worked in the harvest that fall and then he sought employment in the mine of Coalhurst. He worked in the Coalhurst mine until the explosion in 1935. In the years that followed. Percy worked in several mines in the surrounding area in Shaughnessy and Picture Butte as well as occasionally working on the highway.

Percy enlisted in the Royal Canadian Army in tile summer of 1940 and was sent overseas that fall. With his journey overseas he was afforded the opportunity, to spend some time with his family in England.

Percy's tour of service took him to the battle fields of France, Belgium and the Netherlands. He was seriously wounded in action in 1944 and returned home aboard the hospital ship in 1945.

Upon his return home he was employed by the Canadian Bank of Commerce in maintenance for a couple of years. He then returned to work in the No. 8 mine and the Shaughnessy mine. He worked in Kitimat, B.C., a couple of years before finally setting down to work for the City of Lethbridge until his retirement in 1971. Percy married at Coalhurst and they had four children, two sons and two daughters.

With the separation of Percy and his wife in 1946, Percy remarried in 1963. From this marriage came one daughter.

Percy passed away at the age of 71, on Sept. 12, 1977.

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