Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Del Codd, 1944-2017

Those of you who worked in the Cornish mining industry during the tin boom of the 1970s and early 80s may remember Derek (Del) Codd, an enthusiastic mineral processor, who died last week in Truro.
Dell worked for a time at the Tolgarrick tin streaming plant in Camborne, which reworked the tailings from South Crofty mine, which had been discharged into the Red River.
He was also a part-time technician at Camborne School of Mines (CSM) and a member of the CSM cricket team in its debut 1980 season. Cricket was one of his passions, and in later years he played for various Cornish village teams, and then became a cricket umpire and groundsman.
CSM Cricket team, 1980. Del is 3rd from left back row
Ist left is Nick Wilshaw of Grinding Solutions Ltd. and I am middle front row
Our thoughts are with Del's wife Pat and family.


  1. Very sad news , Del was a great enthusiast and a great teacher of the practical art of Mineral Processing. He was part of a great CSM team that helped us enormously in our development and future careers...

    1. He had some great stories of mining in Cornwall during the 70's and 80's and certainly helped my cricket skills!

  2. I worked with Del on the Tolgarrick, Red River, tin streaming by flotation project. A really enthusiastic, professional, guy, for whom nothing was too much. My sincere condolences to his family.
    Mark Wolle, Technical Director at E3 Recycling Ltd. and Technical Consultant at E-Cycle Ltd, Swansea, UK

  3. andrew sarosi9 May 2017 at 13:26

    Sad news

    Del was a charismatic and very cheerful (cockney type) character - always held confidence in him.

    Worked as Plant Met with Del shift boss thej on Wheal Jane (Gold Fields days) from the word go

    Last saw him at Jim Turner's (ex CSM Mineral Processing Head) funeral last year

    Seemed in fine fettle then - Very sad

    My sympathies to wife Pat (similarly cheerful disposition) and daughter

  4. Sorry to lean the sad news on Del. I remember Del’s work introducing Briquest into the plant at Tuckingmill for the flotation of cassiterite. As one working on tin flotation at WJ, it was nice to have something new to try in the lab along with a new smell! My condolences to the family.
    Stephen Young


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