Private Robert Morrow V.C.
The Newmills War Hero
Newspapers : From the Tyrone Courier dated 29th July 1915
On 29th July 1915, the Tyrone Courier reported (Figure 6.04) erroneously that the Victoria Cross won by Private Robert Morrow, 1st Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers, had been sent by the War Office to the young man's mother at Sessia, Newmills.
Also in the report (Figure 7.04), it was revealed that the French government had decided by to have his portrait included in a large commemorative painting which is being executed for them by M Carrier-Belleuse. More details of the Pantheon de la Guerre.
Tyrone Courier dated 29th July 1915
The Newmills Victoria Cross Hero
The Victoria Cross won by Private Robert Morrow, 1st Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers, has been sent by the War Office to the young man's mother at Sessia, Newmills. It was won for conspicuous bravery at the Battle of Messines on April 12th, when Private Morrow on his own initiative rescued and carried into safety several soldiers who had been buried in debris by shell fire while they were still under very heavy fire by the enemy. He was killed during the attack on St Julien on April 25th and his officer, Captain G V W Hill, writing to Mrs Morrow tells on how that day also he was behaving with his usual gallantry.
The Rev D.T. Macky, preaching in Newmills Presbyterian Church on Sunday, displayed the cross from the pulpit and made an appropriate and stirring reference to the gallantry of the deceased hero and in a touching manner referred to the noble qualities in the young man's life and to his connection with the locality.
It has been decided by the French government to have his portrait included in a large commemorative painting which is being executed for them by M Carrier-Belleuse.
The Rev Arthur Torrens, late minister of Carland Presbyterian Church and now of New South Wales, Australia, to whom was entrusted the pastoral oversight of this lad and his former teacher Mr Thomas McAdoo, Still of Gornaglush, N.S., have every reason to be proud of the achievements of their gallant and distinguished pupil who has covered himself with glory on the battle fields of Flanders and whose bravery has added still more lustre to the long roll of Irish heroes whose deeds are imperishable and whose lives have been given a sacrifice to the service of their King and country.
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