Private Robert Morrow V.C.
The Newmills War Hero
Newspapers : From the Belfast Newsletter dated 23rd July 1915
The report indicates that his mother received the V.C. from the War Office on 22nd July 1915
Belfast Newsletter dated 23rd July 1915
Mrs Morrow, Sessia, Newmills, Dungannon, County Tyrone, whose son the late Private Robert Morrow, 1st Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers was awarded the Victoria Cross, received yesterday from the War Office the coveted trophy which had been won by her gallant son.
It will be remembered that Private Morrow gained the Victoria Cross for most conspicuous bravery near Messines on 12th April last, when he rescued and carried successively to places of comparative safety, several men who had been buried in the debris of trenches wrecked by shell fire. Private Morrow carried out his gallant work on his own initiative, and under very heavy fire by the enemy.
He was killed in action a fortnight later when engaged in the same meritorious work. The Victoria Cross which his mother (who is a widow) received bears his name and the date, 12th April. The accompanying letter from the War Office states:-
'I am directed to transmit the Victoria Cross, awarded to your son, the late Private Robert Morrow, 1st Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers, for conspicuous bravery, and to express to you the regret the Secretary of War that this very gallant soldier did not survive to receive his great reward from the hands of his Majesty the King.'
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