Private Robert Morrow V.C.
The Newmills War Hero
Memorials : Newmills Church of Ireland Plaque
Sometime after the War ended, a mural tablet, inscribed with the names of sixteen men from the Parish of Newmills who made the supreme sacrifice in the Great War, was unveiled in the Newmills Parish Church with befitting solemnity by his Grace the Lord Primate on a Sunday afternoon.
Newmills Church of Ireland
The inscription on the tablet erected in the Newmills Church Of Ireland Parish Church reads:
The crowded congregation included a detachment of the Special Constabulary, under the command of Captain Maynard. The service opened with the singing of "O God our help in ages past," and evening prayer was recited by Rev. Gordon Scott, M.A. The special lesson was read by Rev. H. Egerton, rector of Donaghmore. The tablet, which was draped with the Union Jack, was then unveiled by his Grace, who offered up the dedicatory prayer, after which the National Anthem was heartily rendered. At the conclusion of his address his Grace said the parish of Newmills had achieved a high record in the war, and both men and women had worked with wonderful self-sacrifice to win the victory.
Seventy-eight men from the parish and district had volunteered and faithfully served their King and country. Sixteen made the supreme sacrifice. Amongst the number was Private Morrow, V.C. He had gained the highest honour it was possible to bestow on any member of the King's Forces, and they were all proud of his achievement. The distinctions included two awards of the D.S.O., while the French Government awarded the Croix de Guerre to two members of the parish. One also received the Military Cross, one the Military Medal, four were mentioned in despatches, and two gained commissions from the ranks. The honours awarded showed the fibre of the men of the Newmills parish.
Newmills Chuch of Ireland WW1 Memorial
The inscription on the tablet erected in the Newmills Church Of Ireland Parish Church reads:
To the glory of God and in honoured memory of the men from this parish who died serving their country in the Great War.
Lieutenant Ernest Daniel
2nd-Lieutenant Joseph Marsh
2nd Lieutenant Joseph Stewart
Sergeant John Milligan
Private James Arthurs
Private Robert Farr
Private Robert Fulton
Private James Gibson
Private Thomas John Gibson
Driver John Jones
Private William James McMinn
Private Walter Montgomery
Private Robert Morrow, V.C.
Private Thomas Patterson
Private William Patton
Private James Stewart
In addition to the 15 names (on the Newmills Roll of Honour of those who died), the following 64 men from Newmills District served in the Great War.
Allen Hamilton
James Hamilton
Wm. John Hamilton
Robert Adams
Thomas Abernethy
Frederick Atkinson
Joseph Boyd
James Bryars
Robert Cardwell
James Crooks
Isaac Carter
Alfred Daniel
Frank Daniel
Godfrey Daniel
Robert Daniel
Thomas Dobson
James Douglas
Edward Caulfield Dudgeon
John Galway Dysart
Noble Galbraith
Samuel Hegarty
William Hegarty
Charles Howard
Robert Howard
Samuel Howard
Jackson Howard
Andrew Hughes
Edward Irwin
Robert Irwin
Thomas Irwin
Spurgeon Jordan
Wm. George Jordan
William Kee
Samuel Kee
Robert Kee
Gerald Kinley
Clifford Kinley
Maurice Kinley
John Latimer
Whiteside Macky
Robert Marsh
Wm. Marshall
Robert Montgomery
Benjamin McAteer
Robert John McMinn
Archie McQuilkin
James Neil
John Neil
John Orr Newton
Robert Patterson
Frederick Patterson
Andrew Thomas Richardson
George Richardson
James Douglas Richardson
Harry Scott
Hugh Scott
James Scott
John Scott
John Simpson Short
Thomas Searight
Alexander Simpson
Robert Sloan
Thomas Stewart
Herbert Thompson
It should be noted that this list does not include Richard Morrow, who signed up after Robert's death while living in Moneymore.
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