Irvine, Gerald Byron Corrie


He was the son of Surgeon General Gerard James Irvine RN and Henrietta Irvine, nee Corrie. His younger brother Maurice Lionel Corrie Irvine was in D 1900-1903. Gerald came to Winchester from Stubbington House, Fareham. He served in the South African War from 1899 to 1902 as Railway Staff Officer and later as Assistant Press Censor. He was mentioned in Despatches, and in 1901 passed from the Militia into the Regular Army (Leinster Regiment). He was later attached to the Devonshire Regiment before transferring to the Indian Army in 1906, serving with the 7th Meerut Division and seeing action on the Western Front early on in the war, incurring wounds in October. He later went to Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) and was again severely wounded at the Battle of Istabulat on 21st April 1917.

Immediately after the fall of Baghdad on March 11th 1917, British forces launched a fresh offensive northwards, referred to as the Samarrah Offensive. Fallujah was captured on March 19th after which an attempt by the Turks to re-group at Dogameh was opposed by the British, the town falling on March 31st. This forced the Turks to withdraw twenty miles to the junction of the Tigris and Adhaim rivers, where they were attacked on April 18th. The Turks immediately withdrew another twenty miles to Istabulat, occupying strong positions between the Tigris and Al Jali Canal. The British maintained their momentum and attacked immediately, on April 21st. In a terrible day for the British forces, both Irvine and Major Henry Paget, Earl of Suffolk and Berkshire (H 1891-1894) (see individual entry) were killed. Irvine lay out in the open all day before he could be brought in, and died in hospital in Amara on 15th May 1917, aged 36.

In February 1912 he married Maude Andree Wilde, daughter of Major General E A Wilde.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Irvine
  • Forenames or initials: Gerald Byron Corrie
  • House: I
  • Years in School: 1894-1896
  • Rank: Major
  • Regiment: Leinster Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 18th February 1881
  • Date of Death: 15th May 1917
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer A3
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: AMARA WAR CEMETERY, IRAQ: Grave XIII.G.8