Wilfred P. Avery

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Wilfred Avery, born 10 December 1885 at Mckay, Queensland. [1] He studied Chemistry, Mine Management and Drawing at the Ballarat School of Mines in 1904 and 1905[2], and later served with the A.I.F. during world War One.

In 1909 the Ballarat School of Mines Students' Magazine gave Wilf Avery's address as C/- Mrs masterton, Church Street, Charters Towers, Queensland.[3]

Military Experience

Avery served with the AIF 1st Australian Tunnelling Company during World War One. He was killed in action on 25 April 1917 in Belgium. He is buried in the Poperinghe New Cemetery, Belgium.[4] 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, Capt W.P. Avery and Lts A. E. Tandy (Ballarat, Vic) and G.D. Evans (Randwick, NSW), were killed, and seven batmen asphyxiated. Cpl J.W. Saxton (Galong, NSW), one of the proto-men was buried and killed when trying to reach them.[5]

He is buried in the Poperinghe New Cemetery.[6]


Wilfred P. Avery's name is listed in the Ballarat School of Mines Honor Roll. Killed in action.[7]

See also


  1. http://www.mackayhistory.org/research/fallen_soldiers/WW1/avery_wp.html
  2. Ballarat School of Mines Enrolment Database, Federation University Historical Collection.
  3. Ballarat School of Mines Students' Magazine, Third Term 1909, p2.
  4. AWM145 Roll of Honour cards, 1914-1918 War, Army
  5. Bean, C.E.W., Official History of Australia in the War, Vol IV, P 958.
  6. http://www.twgpp.org/information.php?id=1263271.
  7. Ballarat School of Mines Honor Roll, University of Ballarat Historical Collection cat.no 536

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--Yvon Davis (talk) 16:30, 6 July 2014 (EST); --Cgervasoni (talk) 16:22, 20 October 2014 (AEDT)

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