Private Robert Morrow V.C.
The Newmills War Hero
Private Robert Morrow's Death
After the events of the 12th April, Private Morrow wrote home to his mother, modestly detailing the scenes in which he had been engaged and stated that his colonel had informed him that he would recommend him for the Victoria Cross.
Map of relevant locations around Ypres
Less than two weeks later, the Royal Irish Fusiliers attacked during the Second Battle of Ypres. The 1st Battalion advanced from a holding position to plug a gap between St Julien and the Suffolk Regiment. The British attacked in the early morning. The attack failed. Their trenches then came under heavy fire once again.
Private Morrow was badly injured that day on the 25th April, while he was again engaged in the heroic task of assisting injured soldiers who were exposed to the heavy fire of the enemy. He had been helping to carry wounded colleagues to the rear when injured.
For his gallantry on this occasion, his Company Officer Captain Jeudwine once again was to recommend him for the Victoria Cross, in this case a clasp to his impending V.C., but this was rejected.
Private Morrow was taken to a field hospital near St Jean-les-Ypres. Private Robert Morrow died of his wounds the following day on 26 April 1915. He was 23 years old.
Private Robert Morrow V.C. is interred in White House Cemetery. The cemetery is north-east of Ypres town centre near the small village of St Jan.
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White House Cemetery, before headstones replaced the wooden crosses.
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