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10531   Private Robert Morrow V.C.
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/06/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 07/09/1891
Died: 26/04/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 23
Robert Morrow 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 fell 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. For his gallantry on this occasion, his captain again recommended him for the Victoria Cross.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: White House Cemetery
  Ypres (Ieper), West-Vlaanderen, 2
Grave Ref: Grave IV-A-44
CWGC Casualty 454819
The Cemetery is located north-east of Ieper on the Brugseweg (N313) in the direction of Roeselare/Brugge. From the Grote Markt in Ieper take the road called Korte Torhoutstraat and at the end turn left into Lange Torhoutstraat, follow this road over the roundabout into Kalfvart and continue to the traffic lights. At the traffic lights turn right into Brugseweg and the cemetery is along here on the left before the village of St.Jan.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Dungannon War Memorial - WWI - Panel 3 Dungannon
2 Newmills Parish Church Church Of Ireland - WWI Newmills
References and Links
No Link Reference Map Doc
1 - The Official Private Robert Morrow VC website The website compliments the recent book - Robert Morrow V.C.
2 1901 Census lists Morrow family Lists Robert as age 10 living with the family at house 5 in Sessia, Tullyniskane, Tyrone
3 1911 Census lists Morrow family Does not list Robert as living with the family at house 1 in Sessia, Tullyniskane, Tyrone
4 Belgian website Details of Robert Morrow V.C.
5 Irish commemoration Dedication to Robert Morrow V.C. (in Dutch)
6 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here - Mottow
7 Panthéon de la Guerre Story of the painting on which it is believed Robert Morrow V.C. was portrayed.
8 Royal Irish Website Shows the Robert Morrow V.C. postcard and medals
9 The-VC-and-DSO Details about the painting
10 VC Website Give Date of birth
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2023