Arthur Philip Fletcher was killed by the explosion of a mine in France on October 4th, 1915. He was 29 years of age and in the early part of the war served in the Machine Gun Brigade of the South African Forces. He afterwards transferred to the Tunnelling Section of Royal Engineers, and at the time of his death held a commission as 2nd Lieutenant.

He was educated in Birmingham: for two years as premium apprentice at Messrs. Belliss and Morcom’s works; and for three years at the University, where he took the mining course, and obtained the degree of B.Sc. in 1907.

The whole of his short professional career was spent in Rhodesia, to which country he proceeded soon after graduating. He was engaged as sampler and surveyor on the Ayrshire Mine for  about a year, and he afterwards spent four years, from 1908 to 1912, as assayer and surveyor on the Gaika Mine, Que Que.

After a vacation in England, he returned to Rhodesia and was engaged in professional work in Bulawayo until the outbreak of the war led him to relinquish his engagement and join the South African Forces.

Mr. Fletcher was elected an Associate of the Institution in 1912.

Vol. 25, Trans IMM 1915-16, pp.395-6

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