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Thomas Craik Irving

In memory of:

Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Craik Irving

October 29, 1917

Military Service


Age:

38

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Engineers

Division:

2nd Field Company

Citation(s):

Distinguished Service Order, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Honours and Awards:

Distinguished Service Order

Additional Information


Born:

July 31, 1879
Toronto, Ontario

Enlistment:

September 24, 1914
Valcartier, Quebec

Son of Thomas C. Irving, of Toronto, Ontario. Spouse of Jessie Irving, of Toronto, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 261 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

I. N. 26.

Location:

Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No 3 is located 6.5 km west of Ieper town centre on the Branderstraat, a road leading from the N308 connecting Ieper to Poperinge. From Ieper town centre the Poperingseweg (N308) is reached via Elverdingsestraat then directly over two small roundabouts in the J. Capronstraat. The Poperingseweg is a continuation of the J. Capronstraat and begins after a prominent railway level crossing. 6 km along the N308, after passing the village of Vlamertinge and just beyond the church in the hamlet of Brandhoek, lies the left hand turning onto the Grote Branderstraat. The cemetery is located 300 metres along the Branderstraat on the left hand side of the road, beyond the N38 dual carriageway, which it is necessary to cross. Historical Information:
During the First World War, Brandhoek was within the area comparatively safe from shell fire which extended beyond Vlamertinghe Church. Field ambulances were posted there continuously and the Military Cemetery was opened early in May 1915 in a field adjoining the dressing station. It closed in July 1917 when the New Military Cemetery was opened nearby, to be followed by the New Military Cemetery No 3 in August 1917. Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No 3 contains 975 First World War burials. The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of THOMAS CRAIK IRVING– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Memorial– The Golden Book Toronto : The Canadian Military Institute, 1927 (Toronto : University of Toronto Press);
  • Memorial– The Golden Book Toronto : The Canadian Military Institute, 1927 (Toronto : University of Toronto Press);
  • Newspaper clipping– From the London Free Press Sept. 1915. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the London Free Press November 1917. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Telegram April 1915. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo– Corner of King and Yonge Streets 1913. Writing to his father in April 1915.......Captain Thomas Irving said it is safer in the trenches in Belgium then at the corner of King and Yonge Streets due to the tall buildings being built. He was wrong as he was Killed in Action Ocober 29th 1917.
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Telegram October 1915. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Telegram August 1914. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Telegram November 1917. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Thomas Irving– From: The Varsity Magazine Supplement Fourth Edition 1918
published by The Students Administrative Council, University of Toronto.  
Submitted for the Soldiers' Tower Committee, University of Toronto, by Operation Picture Me.
  • Newspaper Clipping– Clipping from the Toronto Star for 10 July 1916.
  • Newspaper Clipping– From the Toronto Star. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– From the Toronto Star. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper article– Article
  • Roll of Service– From the "University of Toronto / Roll of Service 1914-1918", published in 1921.
  • Plaque– 1914-1918 Memorial tablet, Bloor Street Presbyterian Church, 300 Bloor St. 
West, Toronto, Ontario.  This congregation was established in 1887, and in 
1925 became the Bloor Street United Church.  The tablet was unveiled on May 
16th, 1920.  It was inscribed:  "In memory of the men of Bloor Street 
Presbyterian Church who went out to battle and died for Freedom's cause.   
They feared not Death and meeting it they won the Victor's Crown."
  • Royal Canadian Yacht Club Memorial– The Royal Canadian Yacht Club World War One Memorial, Toronto, Ontario.  
Images of the 1926 unveiling ceremony and the names listed on the side 
panels of the sun dial memorial. This unveiling and the photographs were 
presented in a special edition booklet entitled "In Memoriam 1914-1918".
  • The Soldiers' Tower– The Soldiers' Tower was built at University of Toronto between 1919-1924 in memory of those lost to the University in the Great War. Funds were raised by the Alumni Federation (now called the University of Toronto Alumni Association.) The name of "Lt Col T. C. IRVING D.S.O. 4th Div H.Q. C.E." is among the 628 names carved on the Memorial Screen, seen at photo left. Photo: K. Parks, Alumni Relations.
  • Inscription– Inscription in Memorial Room, Soldiers' Tower, University of Toronto. The carillon was installed and dedicated in 1927. Originally there were 23 bells. Alumni and friends donated funds for the carillon bells in memory of those who fell in the Great War. Dedications are carved high on the walls of the Memorial Room. Bell XXI is dedicated thus: " 'Extol, ye bell, the virtue of our valorous men.' Alumni Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering".
  • Memorial Room– Memorial Room, Soldiers' Tower, University of Toronto. Photo by David Pike, 2010; courtesy of Alumni Relations.
  • Gravemarker

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