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D.Sc., F.R.S., B.E. (Queen's Coll., Cork), Professor of Physics : Major, Mining Battn., A.I.F., attached 177th Coy. R.E., B.E.F., France, and R.A.F., England. Enlisting 1st January, 1916, and sailing 20th February, served as Geophysics Officer in charge of The Mining School at Proven near Poperinghe, forming there a military physics laboratory. Sound waves through the earth were studied by means of the geophone, a new French invention, and instruments were designed by himself and other distinguished scientists. Officers and N.C.O.'s were efficiently trained in the use of these, occasional visits to Hill 60 via Hell Fire Corner being necessary. Our mines were thus saved from being exploded by camouflets (heavy charges fired underground without breaking the surface), the positions of the enemy's countermines located and we were enabled to drive long tunnels under German mines without being discovered. Twenty-two enormous mines were exploded on the morning of 7th June, 1917

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