Private Robert Morrow V.C.
The Newmills War Hero
Memorials : Carland Presbyterian Church Plaque
Also referred to sometimes as Gortnaglush Presbyterian Church, a plaque was erected in the memory of Private Robert Morrow V.C. It reads:
Carland Presbyterian Church Plaque
The Victoria Cross Private Robert Morrow V.C.
Private Robert Morrow was born is Sessia, Newmills Tyrone, Ireland. Son of Hugh Morrow and Margaret J Morrow. He was educated as Carland National School, and joined the Army in 1912 in the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers as a Private. He served in the European War, and was awarded the Victoria Cross.
'Private Robert Morrow, 1st Battalion Princess Victoria's (Royal Irish Fusiliers). For most conspicuous bravery near Messines on 12th April, 1915, when he rescued and carried to places of comparative safety, several men who had been buried in the debris of trenches wrecked by shell fire. Private Morrow carried out this gallant work on his own initiative, and under very heavy fire from the enemy.'
He was killed in action on 26th April 1915. He also held the Medal of St George, 3rd Class, conferred on him the Emperor of Russia. This is the first Victoria Cross won by the regiment – The Faugh-a-Ballaghs. Robert Morrow attended the Sunday School at Carland Presbyterian Church.
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