21 February 2020

CWGC Beechwood Cemetery Burials: John Peel Irving

Private John Peel Irving was one of the first to enlist at the start of the war, in August 1914. According to his attestation paper, he was born in Liverpool, England, 16 February 1886 and worked as a painter in Saskatoon having emigrated to Canada in 1911.

He served with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in France, was wounded at Ypres on 8 May 1915 with shrapnel and gunshot wounds in the right forearm and muscle damage. Returned to Canada he was discharged as medically unfit in October 1915.

He married Arvilla Kelsall in Ottawa in July 1916.

Death occurred on 21 February 1920 from pernicious anemia and pneumonia. He was interred in a family plot in Section 29, Lot 78 SW.

His wife published a memorial on the first anniversary of his death. She remarried in August 1929.

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