William Morrow

Bank: Ulster Bank

Place of work: Derry branch

Died: 15 September 1916


William Edward Morrow was born in Belleek, County Fermanagh, Ireland, on 20 April 1895, the son of Robert Morrow, a farmer, and his wife Jane. He worked for Ulster Bank.


In December 1915 Morrow left his job as a clerk at the bank's Derry branch to join the army, becoming a Private in the Royal Fusiliers. He was killed in action during the attack on Flers, an engagement remembered for being the first occasion on which tanks were used in battle. Morrow died on the day of the first tank attack, 15 September 1916. He was 21 years old.


Morrow's commanding officer later wrote: 'He was one of my machine gunners, one of a number of very brave fellows, who did most excellent work right in the forefront of one of the most important and successful attacks since the commencement of the war'.


William Morrow is commemorated on two memorials at Ulster Bank’s Belfast head office: its roll of honour for staff who served in the First World War and its memorial for those who fell.

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