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Irving, Sybil Howy (1897–1973)

Sybil Howy Irving, 1940s

Sybil Howy Irving, 1940s

Australian War Memorial, 100430

Colonel Sybil Irving, the wartime head of the Australian Women's Army Service, died in Melbourne yesterday.

The 76-year-old colonel was described today as a "legendary figure in the Army".

In 1941 she was relieved of her executive office with the Red Cross to create and lead a women's army.

Colonel Irving was the daughter of the late General G. G. H. Irving, and was born at Victoria Barracks.

For many years she was secretary of the Girl Guides Association.

In later years she joined the Victorian Council on the Ageing and was largely responsible for establishing many elderly citizens clubs in Victoria.

Colonel Irving leaves a sister.

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