The only son of William H. and Mary Irving, Gordon Budd Irving was educated at Huron Street Public and the University Schools. An employee of the National Trust Company, he joined the Royal Flying Corps in May 1917. After training at Camp Borden and in England, he was posted to 19 Squadron in France. Flying the Sopwith Dolphin he scored 12 victories before he was killed in action near Albert in August 1918.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lt. (T./Capt.) Gordon Irving.
He has carried out numerous offensive patrols, and under his able leadership many enemy formations have been successfully engaged. He has personally accounted for six enemy aircraft, and by his consistent keenness and fearlessness he sets a fine example to the pilots in his squadron.