Robert Morrow
Born7 September 1891
Newmills, Dungannon, County Tyrone, Ireland
Died26 April 1915(1915-04-26) (aged 23)
St. Jan, Belgium
Buried
AllegianceUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom
Service/branch
British Army
Years of service1910–1915
RankPrivate
UnitRoyal Irish Fusiliers
Battles/warsWorld War I 
AwardsVictoria Cross
Cross of St. George (Russia)

Robert Morrow VC (7 September 1891 – 26 April 1915) was an Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Details

Grave in 2007
Grave in 2007

Morrow was born in Newmills, Dungannon, County Tyrone, Ireland. He was 23 years old, and a Private in the 1st Battalion, The Princess Victoria's Royal Irish Fusiliers, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross.

On 12 April 1915 near Messines, Belgium, Private Morrow rescued and carried to places of comparative safety several men who had been buried in the debris of trenches wrecked by shell fire. He carried out this work on his own initiative and under heavy fire from the enemy.[1]

He was killed in action at St. Jan on the Ypres Salient, Belgium, on 26 April 1915 and is buried in White House Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery. His gravestone bears the inscription: GOD IS LOVE.[2]

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum in Armagh, Northern Ireland.[3]

References

  1. ^ "No. 29170". The London Gazette (Supplement). 21 May 1915. p. 4990.
  2. ^ "Casualty Details: Morrow, Robert". Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  3. ^ VC.Org.UK

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