Captain Michael D Irwin

{ Joe }

24 Nov 1957 - 24 Nov 1996

Captain Mike 'Joe' Irwin, from Harrow, enlisted into 10 PARA, a Territorial Army unit, in the 1970s and was commissioned on 5 April 1981.

In November 1996, while serving as the Battalion's Operations Officer, he led a six man team during a training exercise in the Brecon Beacons, South Wales. Blizzard conditions set in resulting in one soldier developing hypothermia.

Captain Irwin set off to raise the alarm but fell victim to the freezing and inhospitable conditions and died. It was his 39th birthday.

Profile photo courtesy of Bob Sturtivant.

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Service History

Michael D Irwin

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  • Members of 10 PARA preparing to emplane a C130 for a jump on Hankley Common, RAF Northolt 1978.

    Members of 10 PARA preparing to emplane a C130 for a jump on Hankley Common, RAF Northolt 1978.

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  • L/Cpl 'Joe' Irwin with Heckler and Koch G3 rifle, 1978.

    L/Cpl 'Joe' Irwin with Heckler and Koch G3 rifle, 1978.

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  • Newspaper article regarding the death of Captain Mike 'Joe' Irwin, 1996

    Newspaper article regarding the death of Captain Mike 'Joe' Irwin, 1996

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  • Newspaper article covering the funeral of Capt Mike 'Joe' Irwin, 1996

    Newspaper article covering the funeral of Capt Mike 'Joe' Irwin, 1996

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