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Christopher Norres Leslie Irven
Son of: Desmond Norres White Dundas Irven
and: Margaret Bowen
born: 1935
  marriage
  x Mary Kelly
  the following children were born of this union:
1. Paul Irven
2. Fiona Irven
3. Catherine Irven
4. Andrew Irven
5. Madelaine Irven
6. Annabelle Irven
7. Victoria Irven

Elizabeth Mary Irven
Daughter of: Desmond Norres White Dundas Irven
and: Margaret Bowen
born: 1938
  marriage
  x Captain Christopher Ward R.N
  the following children were born of this union:
1. Michael Ward
2. Juliet Ward
3. Melanie Ward

Fiona Irven
Daughter of: Christopher Norres Leslie Irven
and: Mary Kelly
born:  

Iris Dundas Irven
Daughter of: John Paul Irven
and: Essie Constance Dundas
born: 28/1/1901, Gillingham, Kent
died: 18/11/1997, Dorset
Occupation: District Nurse
iris
Iris Dundas aged 3 months with her mother Essie
 
Independent, The (London), Jan 22, 1998 - Obituary "Fifty years ago at the start of the National Health Service in 1948, Iris co-authored District Nursing, the standard textbook on what is now called community nursing - caring for patients in their own homes - something on which the health service, faced with ever-rising hospital costs, was to place more and more emphasis. Significantly it was described as a handbook not only for district nurses but for "all concerned in the administration of district nursing services". Iris Irven was named after a warship - HMS Iris - by her naval captain father. On leaving school she worked as a clerk before training as a nurse at University College Hospital from 1926 to 1930, as a midwife in 1932 and as a health visitor, 1934-35. Not for her a hospital career. She wanted to be with patients and their families in their homes as nurse, midwife and health visitor educator. Her first management post was as assistant superintendent of district nursing in Worcester. Her first superintendent's post came in 1939 at Hastings. Organising home care in Hell Fire Corner during the Second World War, with for a period the imminent threat of invasion and always bombardment from across the English Channel, was a taxing management exercise. After the war Irven went in 1948 to Birmingham as senior superintendent of home nursing. She wrote her textbook with Eleanor Merry, who was superintendent at the Queen's Nursing Institute. Britain was now pioneering home nursing in countries under British influence. In 1953 Irven, then in charge of health visiting in north-west England, was seconded to Malaya as team supervisor under Lady Edwina Mountbatten's St John's Ambulance initiative. It was the time of the Communist rebellion. The Communist leadership, realising her usefulness to the village people and the bad publicity which would follow if they killed her, sent a message telling her to mark her vehicle with two large red crosses. They knew how fearless she was in her health and welfare work in the jungle. Returning to the UK in 1955 as senior assistant superintendent at Rochdale, Irven joined the headquarters staff of the Queen's Institute of District Nursing. She was seconded once more - to Kenya - to pioneer a nursing and health care programme based on the Native Civil Hospital at Embu. She stayed until 1958, when she returned to be matron of the Soldiers', Sailors' and Airmen's Families Association hospital at Wimbledon. She was due to retire in 1959 but stayed on until 1961, then moving to Hanwood near Shrewsbury, where two operations for cancer and a broken arm failed to stop her work for the Church, which blindness eventually halted. A keen cyclist, at the age of 82 Iris Irven clocked up 10,000 miles cycling through the Shropshire lanes and was photographed in the local paper. She never married. Her father refused her permission to marry her teenage sweetheart. She never loved anyone else and never forgot him. To the end of her life his name could move her to tears".

Janet Mary Irven


Daughter of: Desmond Norres White Dundas Irven
and: Margaret Bowen
born: 1933

John Paul Irven
Son of: John Dowler Irven
and: Annie
born: 1872, Lancashire
Occupation: Captain  Royal Navy
  marriage
  x 1900 in Fulham Essie Constance Dundas
  the following children were born of this union:
1. Iris Dundas Irven
2. Patricia Irven
3. Desmond Norres White Dundas Irven
4. Paul Leslie Dundas Irven

Paul Leslie Dundas Irven
Son of: John Paul Irven
and: Essie Constance Dundas
born: 1908
  25/4/1932
  Lieutenant Royal Navy
  marriage
The following is a transcript from Kalkara Naval Cemetry;
"Paul Leslie Dundas Irven, Lieut, HMS Glorious, aged 23 years. Younger ┬áson of Essie and Capt. ┬áPaul Irven, R.N. He gave his life for his companion in a flying accident off Malta. Died 25th April 1932"

Madelaine Irven
Daughter of: Christopher Norres Leslie Irven
and: Mary Kelly
born:  

Nicholas Irven
Son of: Peter Charles Dundas Irven
and: Diana Partington
born:  

Desmond Norres White Dundas Irven

Son of: John Paul Irven
and: Essie Constance Dundas
born: 1903, Kensington
Occupation: Brigadier. CBE
died: 2nd July 1976, Dorset
  marriage
  x 1932 Freda Helen Margaret Bowen  
  the following children were born of this union:
1. Janet Mary Irven
2. Christopher Norres Leslie Irven
3. Elizabeth Mary Irven
4. Peter Charles Dundas Irven