William Thomson Samson died at Montrose, on February 6th, 1920, at the age of 49.

He was educated at Montrose Academy and Glenalmond, and began his business career in the office of a chartered accountant in Edinburgh. In 1896 he went to Australia as accountant to the Black Flag Consolidated Gold Mines, Ltd., and in the following year he commenced a definite mining career, by starting on a three years’ prospecting trip in the Bardoc and Kanowna district of Western Australia. From 1900 to 1905 he was engaged in mining, milling, and cyaniding on various mines in that State, and in the last-named year he went to West, Africa, where for two years he was similarly engaged at the Wassaw Gold Mine. Early in 1907 he was appointed assistant manager of the Sansu Mine, and subsequently occupied equivalent positions with the Ashanti Goldfields Territories, Ltd., and the Ashanti Goldfields Corporation, Ltd.

During the war he held a commission in the military forces in Ashanti.

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

Vol. 31, Trans I.M.M., 1921-23, p.583

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