Private Robert Morrow V.C.
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Private Robert Morrow V.C.
Robert Morrow (b. 7th September 1891, d. 26th April 1915) was the son of Hugh and Margaret Jane Morrow, of Sessia, Newmills, Dungannon, County Tyrone. Robert was born on the 7th September 1891 in Sessia. His father died when he was very young. Robert enlisted with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers around 1910. On the outbreak of war was dispatched to France. Private Robert Morrow there acquitted himself with remarkable courage, and on being wounded, the captain commanding his company wrote to Mrs Morrow acquainting her of the affair, and stating that her son was "a man absolutely devoid of fear". On the 12th April 1915 Private Morrow performed the brave deed for which the Victoria Cross was awarded. On that day fortnight however, he was fatally wounded and died on the field. When Private Morrow was injured on the 25th April 1915, he was again engaged in the heroic task of assisting injured soldiers who were exposed to the heavy fire of the enemy. He died the following day. For his gallantry on this occasion, his captain again recommended him for the Victoria Cross.
Private Robert Morrow V.C.
'Private Robert Morrow, 1st Battalion of Princess Victoria's (Royal Irish Fusiliers), was awarded the Victoria Cross 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.'
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