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  • Name: Robert MORROW
  • D.O.B: 21st Feb, 1891
  • D.O.A: 12th Apr, 1915
  • D.O.D: 26th Apr, 1915
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 1st Battalion Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers), 10th Brigade, 4th Division
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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Near Messines, Belgium 12 April 1915

12 April 1915

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The First World War 1915 

On 25 March 1915 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Fusiliers, took over 200 yards of front-line trench near the River Douvre, just south of Messines in Belgium. The ground was waterlogged, making it virtually impassable, and German artillery dominated the area because of the excellent observation afforded it from Messines. On 12 April advance parties of 5th Battalion The Royal Warwickshire Regiment joined the Irish Fusiliers in the trenches before relieving them. At about 5.00pm the German gunners shelled the area north-west of Dead Cow Farm, a well-known target, then shortened the range until their shells systematically destroyed the trench along the Douvre. Survivors of D Company 1st Royal Irish Fusiliers took shelter in the support trench to the rear and it was from here that Private Robert Morrow went forward to the fire-trench, dug out one of his comrades and dragged him back to the relative safety of the support trench. Morrow returned and rescued several other men who had been buried in the debris. Remarkably, he survived unwounded.


 For most conspicuous bravery near Messines on 12th April, 1915, when he rescued and carried successively to places of comparative safety, several men who had been buried in the débris 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. 

Supplement to The London Gazette of 21 May 1915. 22 May 1915, Numb. 29170, p. 4990

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