Wilfred Percival AVERY

1st Australian Tunnelling Company, AIF


Killed in Action, 25 April 1917, Hill 60, Belgium.

Biographical Details  

Born: 10 December 1885 at Mackay, QLD, Australia.

Father: John Symons AVERY,

Mother: Elizabeth Livingston EDGAR.

Marital Status: Married to Millicent Grace EGLINTON on 1 January, 1915 in Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Education: Coningsby State School, QLD  and Brisbane Grammar School, QLD and School of Mines, Ballarat, VIC.

Occupation: Mining Engineer

Service and Enlistment Details
Enlisted on 23 December 1914 at Brisbane, QLD.

Address at Enlistment: Care of E. Eglinton, Kelvin Grove, Brisbane, QLD.

Embarkation Details: Embarked Overseas on

20 February 1916 with 1st  Mining Corps,

1st  Company at Sydney, NSW on Ship H.M.A.T. A38 "Ulysses".

Cause of Death: Killed in Action on 25 April 1917 while serving with 1st  Australian Tunnelling Company in Belgium at the age of 31 years.

Burial place: Poperinghe New Military Cemetery, Belgium, Portion I, Row: E, Grave No: 2.

Next of Kin:  Wife, Mrs. Millicent Grace Avery, care of E. Eglinton, Kelvin Grove, Brisbane, QLD.

Religion: Church of England.


Died as a result of an accident in the tunnel under “Hill 60”.  The men were preparing an explosive charge in “D” left gallery when it prematurely exploded. 3 officer’s and 7 men were killed and 4 officers and about a dozen men were badly gassed. The officer’s dugout was destroyed in the explosion.  The bodies were dug out 3 days later and buried.

Hill 60 was the northernmost of mines detonated in the Battle of Messines on 7 June 1917, which was a successful attack on the German trenches.


Commemorative Details


Panel 26,  Australian War Memorial;


Other Sources/Acknowledgements:  

Kiera McClelland

Mike Goodwin.



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