Date of birth: Q1 1915
Parents: Richard George and Minnie Irwin nee Stanley
Address: 6 Bridge Row, Emscote, Warwick
Occupation: Employed by Thacker and Christmas
Charles (known at Pat) was born in the first quarter of 1915. His parents were Richard George Irwin (1885-1950) and Minnie Irwin nee Stanley (1886-1964). Both of his parents were born in Leamington Spa and had married in 1911.
In 1939 Pat’s parents were living at 6 Bridge Row and Richard was working as a Railway Goods Guard. We do not know where Pat was living. We know from the Warwick Advertiser articles that he had a brother and was a pupil at All Saints School and a member of the Leamington Church Lads Brigade. Apart from this, we cannot find any other information about him or find the name of his brother – we welcome any information from family or friends.
The Warwick Advertiser article from 1940 tells us something of Pat’s life. The Advertiser ran a regular feature on local men serving in the forces, as well the Roll of Honour column which generally featured those who had died.
Pat left probate to his father, Richard so he was probably not married.
Pat’s father, Richard died in 1950 and his mother, Minnie, married again in 1952 to Francis Simmonds. She died in 1964 in Solihull, West Midlands
Rank & Number: Private, 5117135
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Brigade/Division: 71st Infantry Brigade, 53rd (Welsh) Division
Date of death: 16th July 1944
Cause of death/Battle: Not known
Commemorated/Buried: Buried in Brouay War Cemetery, Calvados, France. III. G. 17.
Commemorated locally at: All Saints Church, Emscote
- Unlocking Warwick Research Group
- Warwick Advertiser excerpts courtesy of Warwickshire County Record Office