Anton Irv

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Anton Irv
Anton Irv 1915-1916.jpg
Born 17 September 1886
Ruudiküla, Viljandi Parish, Viljandi County, Estonia
Died 27 April 1919
Egle railway station (near Strenči), Latvia
Allegiance  Estonia
Service/branch Estonia
Years of service 1914–1917 Imperial Russian Army
1918–1919 Estonian Army
Rank Captain
Unit Division of Armoured Trains
Battles/wars World War I
Estonian War of Independence

Anton Irv VR I/2, VR II/2, VR II/3 (17 September 1886 – 27 April 1919) was a highly decorated Estonian combat soldier and military officer during World War I and in the Estonian War of Independence.[1]

Along with captain Karl Parts, he was the leader of Estonian armored trains in the Estonian War of Independence. Anton Irv died in the Battle of Egle (near Strenči) in Latvia.

Anton Irv was born in Sillaotsa farmstead, Ruudi village, Viljandi Parish (now Viiratsi Parish), Viljandi County, Governorate of Livonia. Before World War I, Irv worked as a teacher.

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.

Decorations[edit]

Russian Empire

Republic of Estonia

References[edit]

  1. ^ Toivo Miljan, Historical Dictionary of Estonia, Scarecrow Press 2004