Thomas Campbell Scrutton died in London on 27th September, 1949, at the age of 72.

From 1895 to 1896 he took the mechanical engineering course at University College, London, and during the following year worked in the engineering shops of Messrs. Coubro and Scrutton at Millwall. He then studied chemistry, metallurgy, mineralogy and mining at the Royal School of Mines for two ears and in 1899 went to Sarawak prospect for the Borneo Co., Ltd. In 1901 he became assistant manager of the Bidi cyanide works of that company, taking over the management in 1904. Later that year he joined Malay Exploration Syndicate as manager of development and prospecting operations on tin properties in Pahang, and from 1906 to 1908 was manager of Legeh Concessions Syndicate which operated in Legeh, Rahman and Siam.

Mr. Scrutton then worked for seven years in the Congo in charge of prospecting and exploration for Cie. des Chemins de Fer Grandslacs, of Brussels. He spent some time in Uganda, and from 1921 to 1930 was again working in the Belgian Congo.

From 1931 onwards he was in practice in London as a consultant, and was a director of many companies, including Lupa Exploration Syndicate, Ltd., Northern Transvaal Goldfields, Ltd., Watende, Ltd., Marsman Metal & Trading Co., Ltd., Anglo Eastern Tin, Ltd., Anglo Portuguese Diatomite Corporation, Ltd., and Hollybush Trust, Ltd.

Mr. Scrutton was elected to Studentship of the Institution in 1899, was transferred to Associateship in 1902 and to Membership in 1909. He served as Member of Council for the three sessions 1935-38. He contributed a paper to the Transactions of the Institution entitled ‘Notes on the occurrence and treatment of gold ore at Bidi, Sarawak’ (vol. 15, 1905-6).

Vol. 54, Trans I.M.M., 1949-50, p.?

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