Carmichael Irwin

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameHerbert Carmichael•Irwin
Used nameCarmichael•Irwin
Born26 June 1894 in Dundrum (IRL)
Died5 October 1930 in Allone, Beauvais, Oise (FRA)
AffiliationsRoyal Air Force, (GBR)
NOC Great Britain
Nationality Ireland


Herbert Irwin was an Irish international on the track and over the country. He was the Irish mile champion in 1921 and 4 mile champion (1914, 1921) and won the RAF title at the mile (1920) and 3 miles (1919-20, 1922). His mark of 15:17.8 in the heats of the 5K at the 1920 Olympics was a career best by some 40 seconds but he could not repeat this form in the final. Fl. Lt. Irwin, AFC, was killed serving as captain of the Airship R101 when it crashed over France with the loss of 48 lives, including those of the Secretary of State for Air and Air Vice-Marshal Sir Sefton Brancker, whose name is perpetuated by a popular Trophy meeting.

Personal Bests: Mile – 4:33.8 (1920); 3 miles – 15:15.6 (1919); 5000 – 15:17.8 (1920).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1920 Summer Olympics Athletics GBR IRL Carmichael Irwin
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 11