A. E. Tandy

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Arthur E. Tandy, former student of the Ballarat School". Courtesy of the Tandy Family.


Arthur Elton Tandy was from Bathurst, New South Wales. He studied Mine Management, Chemistry and Mathematics at the Ballarat School of Mines in 1904 and 1905[1], and later served with the A.I.F. during World War One.

Military Experience

Arthur Tandy". Courtesy of the Tandy Family

Tandy was a member of the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company.C. E. W. BEAN mentions '…About this time, on April 25, apparently by the premature firing of a super sensitive detonator, which was being tested by officers in the company's advanced headquarters, Wilfred P. Avery and Lts A.E. Tandy (Ballarat, Vic) and Glyndwr David Evans (Randwick, NSW), were killed, and seven batmen asphyxiated. John W. Saxton (Galong, NSW), one of the proto-men was buried and killed when trying to reach them.[2]

Tandy was buried at the Poperinghe New Cemetery.


Lieutenant Arthur Tandy, of the Australian Tunnelling Corps, and late of Bathurst, was killed in France on Anzac Day.[3]

Fallen School of Mines Students - the flag at the School of Mines was flown at the half-mast on Tuesday, in memory of Lieut. John M'Whae (Melbourne), Lieut. A.E. Tandy (N.S.W.), Lieut. Harold Bieske (Queensland), three of the school's former highly respected and accomplished students, who have made the supreme sacrifice in fighting for the nation's freedom. Word has also been received that Lieut. Harold Bieske, another student, who is at present in a London Hospital, suffering from severe wounds. The last-named officer has had one leg amputated.[4]

Arthur Elton Tandy". Courtesy of the Tandy Family
Lieutenant Arthur Elton Tandy has been killed in France. He was born in East Maitland and after winning a bursary entered the High School. Later he joined the staff of the Lands Department, and afterwards entered the School of Mines at Ballarat, where he passed the examinations with honours. Eventually he was appointed mine manager at Mount Oxide, from with place he enlisted and went to the front. He was mentioned in despatches. He married Isabel Writer in 1913, second daughter of the late John Writer of Rockley, Ballarat. One brother, Corporal Frank Tandy is in France, and was wounded and recommended for the Military Medal. Another brother Percy F. Tandy is in the Engineer Officers’ School at Roseville.[5]

Mr. R. J. Hinder, B.A., headmaster; Sydney Boys' Public High School, writing under date. May 15 stated that his son, Harold, who is a Lieutenant in the Mining Corps, was alive and well on the llth inst. 'A letter from Ronald this week spoke of his seeing Arthur Tandy, among others. fairly often. Mr Hinder adds the sad intelligence: It is customary for a number of officers whose names are included in a list with the >ining Corps' Comforts Fund Association to send a cable each week concerning their condition. Mostly it is 'All well'. Last week it was, 'Tandy killed: rest well.' Lieut.- Arthur Tandy was a Maitland High School boy, who entered the Public Works Department. He afterwards resigned, worked in a mine at Ballarat; and attended the School of Mines there, qualifying as a mining engineer. He was employed at various metallurgical works, and on the Mount Elliott mine in North Queensland. He left with the Mining Corps, and had been over a year on the Western front. His brother, Percy, after leaving Maitland High School, served his time with D. Sim and Co., of Morpeth, won P. N. Russell Engineering scholarship at the University, and graduated, in Engineering. He also enlisted, and is now engaged in munition making. Both were brainy boys and much liked by their companions. They lived near Pitnacree Bridge. Their parents, both greatly respected, are dead.[6]

See also

1st Tunnelling Company

Ballarat School of Mines

Wilfred P. Avery

Glyndwr David Evans


  1. Ballarat School of Mines Enrolment Database, Federation University Historical Collection.
  2. Bean, C.E.W., Official History of Australia in the War, Vol IV, P 958.
  3. Sydney Morning Herald, 9 May 1917.
  4. July 1917.
  5. Sydney Morning Herald, October 16, 1917.
  6. Maitland Weekly Mercury, 19 May 1917.

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--Cgervasoni (talk) 20:57, 14 July 2014 (EST)

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