Richard Stanton died at his residence, 3, Warrior Terrace, Saltburn, Yorkshire, on October 6th, 1916, aged 61 years.

His early years were spent on the copper mines of East Cornwall and on the ironstone mines of Cleveland, North Yorkshire. For several years he attended science classes, and during the years 1882 and 1883, took a course in mining and surveying at the Royal School of Mines.

In 1883 he went to Spain and for six years acted as sampler, assayer and inspector of minerals to the Rio Tinto Co. at their mines at Huelva. He afterwards transferred his services to the Penaflor copper mines at Seville, and remained with the company for four-and-a-half years as general manager.

Mr. Stanton was working on the Rand from 1895 to 1899, and towards the end of this period gained the Transvaal Mine Manager’s Certificate. He held appointments on several of the gold mines, and occupied positions as assayer and metallurgist; assayer and sampler; surveyor and underground manager.

He returned to Europe in 1900, and was general manager of the Sierra Morena copper mines, Seville, Spain, until October, 1903; and for a further period of two years in 1907 and 1908. The interval was occupied in a reporting trip to Chile, where he made an inspection of the properties of the Copaquire Copper Sulphate Co., Ltd., and afterwards remained with the company as its general manager. From 1909 until a few months before his death, Mr. Stanton inspected and reported on mines in Wales, Spain, the United States, Chile and Peru, his last journey being that which he made to Peru in 1915, and from which he returned in June, 1916.

Mr. Stanton was elected a Member of the Institution in 1914.

Vol. 26, Trans I.M.M., 1916-17, pp.278-9

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