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Michael D Cruickshanks (E 43-47)

13 Nov 2023
Inspecting a gold mining operation in Ghana circa 2009
Inspecting a gold mining operation in Ghana circa 2009

We are sorry to hear that Michael D Cruickshanks (E 43-47), P.Eng and Bradfieldian, died on October 21st 2023 at the age of 93. He will be buried near his home at St Peter and St Paul Church in Saltwood near Hythe, Kent.

Michael designed, built and managed three very large precious (gold), base (copper) and strategic (cobalt) mineral mines in Ghana, Uganda and Oman during his working life.

He travelled and worked in the DR Congo, Botswana, South Africa, Tanzania, Canada, and America. He was one of the foremost British mining engineers of the 20th Century who survived the difficult post-colonial years of the British Empire whilst still running some of the world's largest, most complex and challenging mining, milling and smelting operational cities in difficult countries under often chaotic regimes. A stoic Scotsman, his years at Bradfield prepared him for his extraordinary career to follow.


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