John Philip Irwin M.D. (Lond) was the son of John Matthew and Mary Lorna Irwin, of Boscombe, Bournemouth, Hampshire, he was commissioned into the RAMC and volunteered for airborne forces.
He was twice mentioned in despatches.
Captain Irwin successfully completed parachute training at RAF Ringway and was posted to 127 Para Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps, attached to 4th Battalion the Parachute Regiment and took part in operations in Greece.
Capt Irwin was killed in action on 11 December 1944, aged 28, and was given a field burial in Athens Town and was re-interred to Phaleron War Cemetery, Greece, on 30 March 1946.