Wilfred P. Avery

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Wilfred Avery was a student and Associate of the School of Mines, and who later served with the A.I.F. during world War One.



Wilfred Avery was from Mckay, Queensland. He 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 Military Cemetery, Belgium.[1] 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.[2]

He is buried in the New Cemetery in Poperinghe.[3]


Wilfred P. Avery's name is listed in the Ballarat School of Mines Honor Roll. Killed in action.[4]

See also



  1. AWM145 Roll of Honour cards, 1914-1918 War, Army
  2. Bean, C.E.W., Official History of Australia in the War, Vol IV, P 958.
  3. http://www.twgpp.org/information.php?id=1263271.
  4. Ballarat School of Mines Honor Roll, University of Ballarat Historical Collection cat.no 536

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