FATAL INJURIES TO LONDON TEACHER
A well-known figure in Catholic educational circles has passed away in the person of Dr. P. J. Irwin, who was fatally injured in a road accident while on Home Guard duty in Wellingborough. Northants, and died on January 16, at the age of 41.
Dr. Irwin, who had been on the staff of St. Bonaventure's Grammar School, Forest Gate, London, since September, 1921, was born at Belcarra, Castlehar, Co. Mayo, M 1900, and had a distinguished career at St. Jarlath's College, Timm, Co. &away, and in the National University of Ireland, were he obtained the degree of B.A. (Honours) in 1920. Some time after coming to London he became a student at Birkbeck College and within the space of six years was awarded the degrees of B.A. (Honours), MA. and Ph.D. of the University Of London, his M.A. thesis in English being of special distinction. He did a great deal of research work and at the time of his death he was engaged on the preparation of a Catholic edition w on oafs a very Chaucer. H
successful teacher, of marked linguistic ability and his early death will be much regretted by the governors, staff and boys of his school and by large numbers of old boys, to whom his high intetlectual qualities and kindly and arresting personality will be a lasting memory.
The school is at present evacuated to Wellingborough, and kequiem Mass was sung by the Very Rev. Canon Caster in the church of Our Lady, the servers being senior boys and the choir also boys of the school, under the direction of the Rev. Fr. Bainbridge. The obsequies at St. Patrick's Cemetery, Leytonstone, London, were conducted by the Rev. Fr. Oswald, 0.F.M,, and the Rev. Fr. Paul, 0.F.M., former colleagues of Dr. Irwin on the staff of the school.