10 December 1885 at Mackay,
John Symons AVERY,
Elizabeth Livingston EDGAR.
to Millicent Grace EGLINTON on 1 January, 1915 in Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Coningsby State School, QLD and Brisbane
Grammar School, QLD and School of Mines, Ballarat, VIC.
Occupation: Mining Engineer.
and Enlistment Details
at Enlistment: Care
of E. Eglinton, Kelvin Grove, Brisbane, QLD.
Details: Embarked Overseas
February 1916 with 1st
Company at Sydney,
NSW on Ship H.M.A.T. A38
of Death: Killed
in Action on 25 April 1917 while
serving with 1st
Australian Tunnelling Company in Belgium
at the age of 31 years.
New Military Cemetery, Belgium,
Portion I, Row: E, Grave No: 2.
Wife, Mrs. Millicent Grace Avery, care of
E. Eglinton, Kelvin Grove, Brisbane, QLD.
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.
Panel 26, Australian War Memorial;