Private Robert Morrow V.C.
The Newmills War Hero
Memorials : The Newmills Apprentice Boys Bannerette
A special night for Newmills VC Branch Club of the Apprentice Boys of Derry was held on the evening of Friday 24th April 2015 when members met in Newmills Orange Hall and unveiled and dedicated a new bannerette with a portrait of Private Morrow VC who was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery in the 1st World War in April 1915.
 Apprentice Boys of Derry Private Robert Morrow V.C. Bannerette
Bro. Eric Wallace, President of Newmills VC Branch Club, welcomed everyone present and Bro. the Rev Hugh Ross, Chaplain of the VC Club, acted as chairman for the evening.
After Opening Prayer, Newmills Silver Band led the singing. The Rev David Brownlow, Minister of Newmills and Carland Presbyterian Churches, read a portion of Scripture.
Mrs Frances Wade unveiled the new bannerette and Bro Rev William Anderson, Minister of Tullaniskin and Clonoe Parish Churches, dedicated the new bannerette, to be carried on parade by Newmills VC Branch Club.
Mrs Frances Wade was presented with a bouquet of flowers by the President, Bro. Eric Wallace.
The Worthy Governor Bro. James Brownlee made a short speech and brought greetings from the General Committee of Apprentice boys as did Bro. Noel Hogg, on behalf of the Apprentice Boys of Derry Parent Club and Bro. David Montgomery, on behalf of the South Derry and East Tyrone Amalgamated Committee.
The Vice-President, Bro. Dessie Gordon, gave a vote of thanks to all who took part and he made reference to the sacrifice of Robert Morrow VC and the 100th Anniversary of the Gallipoli landings, which started on the 25th April 1915. The Official Dedication service ended with the singing of the National Anthem.
A parade took place through the village of Newmills, with Newmills VC Branch, their new bannerette being carried by Bro. Alistair McMullan. The Apprentice Boys were headed by Drumnaglough Flute Band.
During the parade, the Worthy Governor Bro. James Brownlee laid a wreath at the VC War Memorial on behalf of the Apprentice Boys.
Other bands taking part in the parade were Newmills Silver Band, Bloomhill Accordion Band and Ballymacall Flute Band.
Afterwards all present enjoyed a lovely supper in Tullaniskin Parish Hall to end a memorable evening for Newmills VC Branch of the Apprentice Boys of Derry and the village of Newmills.
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