Edward John Avery died in India from a fractured skull, the result of an accident, on February 1st, 1915, aged 37 years, whilst serving as a Lieutenant in the 5th Batt., Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. He obtained his commission shortly after the outbreak of war.

He received his technical training at the Camborne School of Mines, and during 1901 and 1902 was engaged as assistant to an engineer reporting on properties on the West Coast of Africa. For about five years subsequently he was surveyor and assayer to the Pigg’s Peak Mine, Swaziland, and in 1907 was appointed metallurgist to the Falmouth Consolidated Mines, Cornwall.

In 1908 he went again to West Africa, as surveyor and assayer to the Wassau (Gold Coast) Mining Company, and in 1910 became assistant engineer to the Taquah Central Mines. From 1911 to 1912 he was managing a mine on the Gold Coast, and in 1912-13 reported on tin properties in Northern Nigeria and visited the Cameroons.

Mr. Avery was elected an Associate of the Institution in 1909.

Vol. 24, Trans IMM 1914-15, pp. 501-2

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