David Valentine Storrs was killed in an accident at Barvue mine, Barraute, Quebec, on 21st February, 1956, shortly after his 33rd birthday.

Mr. Storrs was born in Burma and educated in England at Farnborough and Clifton College, Bristol. He enlisted as sapper in the Royal Engineers in 1941 and was commissioned in the following year and posted to the 1st Parachute Squadron. He served with the 1st and 6th Airborne Divisions in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, Holland, Norway and Palestine, and was demobilized in 1947 with the rank of captain. He was awarded the Military Cross at Arnhem in 1944.

On his return to civilian life in 1947 Mr. Storrs entered the Royal School of Mines, and graduated with the B.Sc. degree in mining in 1951 and gained the Associateship of the School. In the same year he was awarded the ‘A.G. Charleton’ Prize, and in 1948 was president of the R.S.M. Students’ Union.

From 1951 to 1953 Mr. Storrs was employed by Mianrai, Teoranta, at Avoca, County Wicklow, Ireland, as assistant mining engineer and mine captain, and in January, 1954, went to Canada to work as a miner at Bralorne Mines, Ltd., British Columbia, for a few months before being appointed to the engineering staff. He joined Barvue Mines, Ltd., Barraute, P.Q., in September, 1954, and when underground development was begun in November, 1955, Mr. Storrs was made mine superintendent, the position he held at the time of his death.

He was elected to Studentship of the Institution in 1948.

Vol. 65, Trans I.M.M., 1955-56, p.564

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