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Second Lieutenant Kay Hendrik Irgens was an Anglo-Norwegian officer of the British Army who died during the Second World War.

He was born on 26 June 1925, in Kensington, the only son of Norwegian parents Eric Fredrik and Janicke Irgens (née Knudtzon).[1] His father worked for C E Heath (Insurance Broking) Ltd.[2]

Irgens was commissioned on 24 March 1944, in the Coldstream Guards,[3] and became a platoon commander in No. 2 Company, 1st Battalion. On 8 September 1944, Irgens and a number of men from the company were killed by anti-tank fire from Bourg Leopold. His battalion had been tasked with taking the Belgian village, but the anti-tank fire killed Irgens before he reached the start-line.[4]

He is buried in Heverlee War Cemetery.

NotesEdit

  1. Familien Erik Fredrik Irgens/Janniche Elisabeth Knudtzon, boslekt.com. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  2. Being Anglo-Nordic, hrionline.ac.uk. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  3. The London Gazette (36519), p. 2277. 19 May 1944, thegazette.co.uk. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  4. Howard, Michael Eliot & Sparrow, ‎John Hanbury Angus (1951), The Coldstream Guards: 1920-1946, p. 289.

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