Samuel Morrow

Lieutenant Samuel Morrow served in 6th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He died from injuries received in Sicily during fierce fighting in August 1943.

Lieutenant

Samuel Morrow

279504

Lieutenant Samuel Morrow (279504) served in 6th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers during World War Two.

He was the son of David Morrow and Annie Morrow of house number 108 in Shrigley Village, near Killyleagh, Co. Down. Samuel married Marguerite Morrow of Killyleagh, Co. Down.

6th Battalion Royal Inniskillings in Sicily

Imperial War Museum Photo: NA 5399 (Part of the War Office Second World War Official Collection). Carriers and troops of the 6th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 78th Division move up to Catenanuova in August 1943. Photo taken by Sergeant Frederick Wackett – No 2 Army Film and Photographic Unit.

Samuel was born in early 1911 and his name is on the 1911 Irish census along with his parents, four older sisters and an older brother. The family also housed a boarder named Lilla Graham. Samuel’s siblings were Lizza, Christina, Annabella, Martha, and Alexander.

Less than a month before his death, Samuel Morrow’s name was in The Gazette on 9th July 1943. He received a promotion to 2nd Lieutenant on 3rd May 1943.

Wounded Inniskilling Fusiliers in Sicily

Imperial War Museum Photo: NA 5413 (Part of the War Office Second World War Official Collection). Men of the 6th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 78th Division, await orders to move into Centuripe, Sicily on 2nd August 1943. Photo taken by Sergeant Stubbs – No 2 Army Film and Photographic Unit.

Samuel Morrow in Sicily

He died in Catenanuova, Sicily, Italy on 5th August 1943 aged 32 years old. The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers had been in Catenanuova since 2nd August 1943. At 0400hrs that day they received an order to advance to Centuripe. The men advanced in wrapped in gas capes and soon came under mortar and rifle fire from the flanks.

Fighting in Sicily

Imperial War Museum Photo: NA 5388 (Part of the War Office Second World War Official Collection). Men of the 6th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 38th Irish Brigade, searching houses during mopping up operations in Centuripe, Sicily in August 1943. Photo taken by Captain Richard Felix Gade – No 2 Army Film and Photographic Unit.

Progress halted due to strong opposition and scorching heat in the early afternoon. A Company and C Company continued the advance taking fire from both sides. On entering the town, house-to-house fighting took place at close quarters. Battalion diaries state that Lieutenant Morrow suffered injuries here along with Major Crocker.

Samuel Morrow’s grave is in Section I, Row E, Grave 43 of Catania War Cemetery, Sicily, Italy. His headstone bears the inscription “sacred heart of Jesus, have mercy on his soul. Requiescat in pace”.

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