Captain Charles Cockburn D'Arcy Irvine



Captain Charles Cockburn D’Arcy Irvine, of Castle Irvine, Irvineston, Co. Fermanagh, was born on 17 July 1863, son of Captain William D’Arcy Irvine and Louisa (nee Cockburn).

On 3 May 1881 he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and joined the 3rd Battalion (Militia) Inniskilling Fusiliers. He left the regiment on 28 December 1895, having reached the rank of captain.

He joined the North of Ireland Imperial Yeomanry as a captain on its formation in 1903, and the North Irish Horse in July 1908. On 14 November 1908 he was made Honorary Major. He left the regiment in January 1912.

D’Arcy Irvine rejoined the army in April 1916, being appointed as a captain in the 20th (Reserve) Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, later transferring to the Labour Corps (668th Employment Company).

He was released from the army on 15 June 1919 and relinquished his commission on 26 October 1920.

D’Arcy Irvine’s son, Charles William, a captain in the 6th Battalion, the Leinster Regiment, was killed at the Dardanelles in August 1915.



Images of D'Arcy Irvine courtesy of Bracken Anderson. second image shows him with officers of the North of Ireland Imperial Yeomanry in 1905.