Morrow, James (No. 13/6013)

Morrow, James

Rifleman

No. 13/6013, 11th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Saturday 1 July 1916 (aged 17)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 15 A and 15 B)

Carrowdore Presbyterian Church

BIOGRAPHY

Born 21 November 1898 in Carrowdore; baptised in Carrowdore Presbyterian Church

Son of James and Agnes Morrow (nee Coulter) who were married on 7 January 1898 in Ballycopeland Presbyterian Church

James Morrow enlisted at Clandeboye and he served with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles.  A short time later he was one of a contingent of men transferred from the 13th to the 11th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles and he went to the Front with the 11th Battalion in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division.  Rifleman James Morrow was 17 when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.  The last letter that he wrote was dated 30 June 1916 and addressed to his aunt, Mrs Mary McGivern, in Carrowdore.

In August 1916 his two uncles, Samuel and Thomas Morrow, and his two aunts, Mrs Mary McGivern and Mrs Jane Birch, placed a For King and Country notice in the Newtownards Chronicle and it contained the verse:

His warfare over, his battle fought,

His victory won, though dearly bought,

His fresh young life could not be saved,

He slumbers now in a soldier’s grave.

Sad thoughts do linger round our hearts,

While tears they often flow,

And to that sad and lonely grave

Our thoughts do often go.

A year later his aunts placed an Our Heroes – In Memoriam notice in the Newtownards Chronicle and it contained the verse:

He never shunned his country’s call,

But gladly gave his life – his all;

He died, the helpless to defend,

An Ulster soldier’s noble end

We little thought when he left home

That he would ne’er return;

That he so soon in death would sleep,

And leave us here to mourn.

Rifleman James Morrow is commemorated in Carrowdore Presbyterian Church.