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Irving, Aubrey Gordon

Second Lieutenant Aubrey Gordon Irving was killed on March 10 at Neuve Chapelle. He was the son of Mr William Irving, bank manager, of Paarl South Africa. When 16 years of age he fought in the Boer War in defence of his native colony. Mr Irving subsequently obtained scholarships tenable at Cambridge and entered into residence at King's College, he took the engineering tripos and secured a double first. From Cambridge he obtained a temporary commission in the Royal Fusiliers and later entered the works of Messrs. John Brown and Co (Limited) Sheffield to get commercial experience. Mr Irving finally decided on a medical career and on the outbreak of war was completing his training at St Thomas's Hospital. He proceeded to the front on August 18 last as a member of the first bridging train of the Royal Engineers. A few months ago he was accepted as an observer in the Royal Flying Corps. He returned to England on leave about a month ago and had only been back at the front a short time when he met with his death. With the approval of the War Office Mr Irving was to have terminated his service with the Army shortly to have completed his medical training. The Times 25 March 1918

Biographical

Surname(s)Irving
First name(s)Aubrey Gordon
Family detailsSon of Mr. W. and Mrs. A. M. Irving, of Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa
Previous educationKing's College, Cambridge
CollegeSt Thomas' Hospital
Dept / courseConjoint Diploma
QualificationsB.A. Cantab. B.Sc (1st Class Hons)
Military unitRoyal Engineers and Royal Flying Corps, 2nd Wing
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
Date of death10 March 1915
Age at death27
Rank at deathLieutenant (Obs.)
Place of deathNeuve Chapelle
Cause of deathAccidentally killed
Burial placeRoyal Irish Rifles Graveyard, Laventie, Pas de Calais, France
Commemoration(s)King's College, Cambridge Roll of Honour; St. Thomas's Roll of Honour
SourcesSt Thomas's Hospital Medical School Records, King's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; The Times

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