17 September 1886|
Ruudiküla, Viljandi Parish, Viljandi County, Estonia
27 April 1919|
Egle railway station (near Strenči), Latvia
|Years of service||
1914–1917 Imperial Russian Army|
1918–1919 Estonian Army
|Unit||Division of Armoured Trains|
World War I|
Estonian War of Independence
During the World War I, he served in the Imperial Russian Army. He showed his good leading abilities and courage which led him to be decorated with all four classes of the Cross of St. George (the set of a "Full Cavalier"), the Médaille militaire and the Gold Sword for Bravery. In 1915 Irv was promoted to commissioned officer.
In the end of 1917 he came to Estonia, and helped to organize the Estonian military forces in order to fight against the Red Army in the Estonian War of Independence. Irv helped to organize the Division of Armoured Trains and became a commander of that unit in January 1919.
After rushing the Red Army out of the Estonian territory in 1919, Estonian Southern front moved into the territory of Latvia and helped also to liberate the North of Latvia of the units of the Red Army. Irv was leading his unit in the battle near the railway station of Egle (near Strenči) in April 1919, when he was suddenly killed.
- Order of St. George – I, II, III, IV class
- Médaille militaire
- Order of St. Anna – III class with swords
- Order of Vladimir – IV class
- Order of St Stanislav – II, III class
- Gold Sword for Bravery
Republic of Estonia
- Estonian Cross of Liberty VR I/2 for Military Leadership – 2. class (posthumously)
- Estonian Cross of Liberty VR II/2 for Personal Courage – 2. class (posthumously)
- Estonian Cross of Liberty VR II/3 for Personal Courage – 3. class (posthumously)