Memoirs of Angus Davis: A Mining Legend


West Kootenay Power & Light Company (W.K.P.& L. Co.) General Office in Rossland c.1910 : West Kootenay Power & Light Company (W.K.P.& L. Co.) General Office in Rossland c.1910
West Kootenay Power & Light Company (W.K.P.& L. Co.) General Office in Rossland c.1910

Davis Sr. was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) and two bars (the DSO is a military decoration of the United Kingdom and is awarded for distinguished service by officers in the armed forces, often in direct combat). He ascended to the rank of major in the Canadian Military, during World War I. It was a defining moment in a prolific career that spanned decades. He was the first commanding officer of the Canadian 3rd Tunneling Company.

Cominco photo of Central School, Trail B.C. : On the extreme left of this picture are shown the two charming school buildings which were replaced
Cominco photo of Central School, Trail B.C.

“During his career, he managed mining operations in all parts of the province and at various times engaged in consulting practice. He was equally well known to the prospector, miner, operator, and promoter”, The Western Miner, 1949.

He joined the Royal Canadian Engineers in 1914 and was part of several key operations. Following his discharge from the military, he worked briefly for the provincial government and a multitude of companies before settling with the Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company of Canada Ltd. (Cominco).

The Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company of Canada Exhibit 1948 : The Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company of Canada Exhibit 1948
The Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company of Canada Exhibit 1948

Cominco was a familiar entity to Davis who worked for the company in 1910, before the First World War, managing their Red Rose tungsten property in Hazelton. He also worked as an exploration engineer, eventually becoming President of the Chamber of Mines of Eastern British Columbia.