Henry King Irving
King Irving is named after one of the founder’s grandfather. Henry King Irving (known to his friends as Harry) trained as an engineer and chemist in Australia before enlisting as a volunteer on 14 November, 1914.
A member of the 5th Light Horse Regiment based in Queensland, his regiment left Sydney on 21 December 1914. He was an ANZAC, fighting at Gallipolli, and later on the Somme (including Villers-Bretonneux and Ypres).
He returned to Australia on 6 November, 1918.
After the war he built a successful career in business as the Head of the sugar industry in Fiji for CSR. He served as a member of the Executive Council of Fiji, and for his services to the sugar industry was appointed an OBE in 1949.
Despite being gassed during the war, he lived into his eighties.
He was known as an astute and very ethical businessman, and a gentleman. His principles of excellence in conduct are at the heart of King Irving’s values.