Born in Lambton, Co., ON., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Abraham ‘Abe’ Hooper, the brother of Ernest. Irvine was living and employed at the grist mill of Mr. A. McVean of Dresden prior to his enlistment.
Irvine enlisted in Chatham, ON. 4/11/14 and went overseas 15/04/1915 where he trained until September of 1915 when he was drafted to France joining the 18th Bn. Wounded in action 1/07/1916 resulting in being invalided to England for treatment and recuperation, certified fit he returned to France in late April of 1917.
The DT 23/01/41 reported that Irvine was stationed at Camp Borden and was visiting Dresden to see his parents.
After three years serving overseas with the RCASC, the veteran of the Great War returned to Dresden on a thirty day leave at his home. According to the DT 20/04/44 he “looked fine”.
After the war Irvine would return to Dresden and when WWII began he enlisted in the army again, changing his birth date to 1899 (still 42 years old) he served in Canada and England with the RCASC.