Residents at Burtville were shocked on hearing an explosion in the early hours of the morning and finding that the deceased had determinedly carried out the destruction of his own life with the aid of a detonator and dynamite. A returned soldier, the deceased had not enjoyed good health for some time. He enlisted at Kellerberrin on 29th November 1916. In the 16th Battalion, he was listed as being 5 feet 10 inches tall, of dark complexion with blue eyes and fair hair. Frequently sick with scabies and myalgia, his discharge papers noted that he was of sallow complexion. He applied for discharge from the army on 19 July 1919 to take up a mining position in Cornwall, where his wife and her mother were living. It was during his time with the A.I.F. that he married Maria Rowe White. He was aged 40 years, she was 42 years at the time. There were reports of good gold results by Tredennick and Partners at Burtville in late December 1931. In February 1931, Tredinnick had sent a crushing of 12 tons or more of ore down by rail. In March 1932, it was again reported that "N. Tredinnick is also on good stone at Burtville". Suicide by blowing his head off with dynamite, was the Verdict of the Coroner. Tredinnick's parents were married in Cornwall in 1875 and had a family of at least three children. The others were John Argall born 1875, Charlotte born September Quarter, 1878. Ellen Moreton died in Western Australia (possibly Boulder) on 16 August 1905 (Death Registration188/1905). Her husband predeceased her 27 March 1895 in Maryborough, Victoria. Nicholas' wife, Maria, died 9 July 1930 in Victoria Park. She was aged 52 years.