Private Robert Morrow V.C.
The Newmills War Hero
Newspapers : From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 18th September 1915:
The Mid Ulster Mail published details of the preliminary meeting for the proposed memorial.
Mid Ulster Mail dated 18th September 1915:
Proposed Memorial
On Monday evening a preliminary meeting was held in Newmills School to consider the best way of doing honour to the memory of Ulster’s first V.C., Private Robert Morrow. Before the war is over other brave men may win the unsurpassed distinction, but it is not likely the same pathetic interest will be roused, as by the deeds of the widow’s modest son, whose name emerged from obscurity into the bright light of enduring fame. He brought the greatest honour to his regiment, his county, and particularly to his native province and place, and to keep his memory green is the duty and honour of his countrymen. Such thoughts have found expression since the event thrilled the community, and letters have been received from far and near encouraging any movement for a memorial to the dead hero. The following discussed the matter in the school. Rev D T Macky, Messrs R Daniel, J.P., Joseph Elliott, A Dudgeon, W J Senior, D McKee and M Hammond, while warm letters of encouragement were read from Rev Gordon Scott, Dr Scott, and Mr H Wilson. Mr Daniel was appointed chairman, and Mr Dudgeon secretary, and this local working committee wish for, and believe there will be no trouble in forming a general committee from the residents in the county, whose influence would make the movement a success, which some think means a suitable monument in Private Morrow’s native village, and help to support the mother who bore him.
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