Charles Blades Coverdale Storey died at his home at Ewshott, near Farnham, Surrey, on 18th September, 1953, at the age of 85.

Son of the late Sir Thomas Storey, of Lancaster, he was educated at Fettes College, Edinburgh, and Clare College, Cambridge, graduating in applied science in 1890. On leaving Cambridge he spent three months in the U.S.A. reporting on the properties and prospects of the Idaho Mining and Irrigation Co. for some of the English shareholders.

In 1891 he joined the staff of Darwen and Mostyn Iron Co., Ltd., first as resident manager of their manganese mines in France, and subsequently prospecting and reporting for the company in Portugal and spending some time at their blast furnaces at Mostyn, North Wales. In 1895 he was appointed general manager of the Moelwyn Mining Co., Ltd., operating lead-zinc mines in North Wales, and he became technical adviser to the company in 1897, a post which he held for six years.

In 1897 he went to South America to report on the mines of Goldfields of Venezuela, Ltd., and also visited mines in New Zealand and Australia. On his return to England in 1898 he was appointed a technical adviser to Goldfields of Venezuela, Ltd., while continuing to hold a similar post with the Moelwyn Mining Co.

Mr. Storey served in the Yeomanry during the South African war in 1900, and in the following year carried out a further inspection in Venezuela and was also engaged in prospecting in Nyasaland. In 1902 he again visited Venezuela, and in 1903 travelled widely in British East Africa. From 1904 until 1907 he worked the gold mines of Goldfields of Venezuela, Ltd., on contract for a syndicate of shareholders, and from 1908 until 1913 was engaged as chief engineer and manager of the company. During the 1914-18 war he again served with the armed forces.

Shortly after the registration of New Goldfields of Venezuela, Ltd., in 1926 Mr. Storey was appointed a director of the company, which acquired the assets of Goldfields of Venezuela, Ltd. He was also a director of Bickershaw Collieries, Ltd., and Darwen and Mostyn Iron Co., Ltd.

Mr. Storey lived for many years at Plas Nantyr, Glynceiriog, North Wales. He was a Justice of the Peace and served as High Sheriff of Denbighshire in 1933. He was elected a Member of the Institution in 1911 and was also a Member of the Institution of Mining Engineers.

Vol. 63, Trans I.M.M., 1953-54, p.196

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