This is Dundee's story of those that served in the First World War, and of the people left at home
- Date of enlistment:
- Place of enlistment: Dundee
- Service no: 566
- Rank: Sergeant
- Regiment/Service: Black Watch
- Unit/Ship: 4th Battalion
- Place of Death: France
- Age at Death: 29
- Date of Death: 11.03.1915
- Burial Country: France
- Cemetery: Le Touret Memorial
- Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 24 to 26
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth: Monifieth
- Address: 37 Lower Pleasance, Dundee
- Occupation: Jute Batcher
Margaret Forbes Harrow, 32 Larch St, Dundee
Alexander, Charles & William
Margaret, born 26.04.1908, George, born 20.01.1911 & Alexina, born 05.07.1912
More about Robert Harrow
Robert has no known grave but is remembered on the Le Touret Memorial.
The four sons of Mrs Harrow, 32 Larch Street. The brothers had all served with Dundee’s Own, but Charles enlisted in the regular army and was serving with the 1st Black Watch when he left for the front in December 1914.
The others, 565 Pte. Alexander Harrow and 566 Sgt. Robert Harrow, were with the 4th Battalion when it left Dundee in February 1915, and 3860 Pte. William Harrow joined them in July.
Robert Harrow would lose his life at Neuve Chapelle in March, Charles was listed as missing after the Aubers Ridge, Alexander was wounded at Loos in September, and discharged two months later, while William was one of many in Dundee’s Own who fell in the same action.
PATRIOTIC DUNDEE FAMILY HARD HIT. The names of those in the photo are: – Top row (left to right) – Private A. Harrow and Private C. Harrow (missing). Second row – Sergeant R. Harrow (killed) and Private W. Harrow.
Mrs M. Harrow, who lives at 32 Larch Street, Dundee, has the honour of giving as many as four sons to the service of King and country. Already one has fallen, namely Sergeant Robert Harrow, and the latest news to hand is that a brother, Private Charles Harrow, has been missing since 9th May. Mrs Harrow’s four sons were all in the 4th Black Watch, but Charles Harrow enlisted in the regulars in the autumn, and was attached to the 1st Black Watch. He was wounded in the arm on Christmas Day.
The other two brothers, Alexander and William, are still at the front. Sergt. Robert Harrow was killed at Neuve Chapelle. Private Charles Harrow, now reported missing was formerly employed in the Water Department. He has a wife and four children at home, while other two members of the family died in the spring. The Courier, Friday, 16 July 1915, 6
Harrow was a veteran territorial and before the war was employed as a jute batcher with John Sharp & Sons, Ltd.
His wife and three children lived at 37 Lower Pleasance.
Sgt. Harrow is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.
“FOURTH SERGEANT KILLED IN ACTION. WIDOW AND THREE CHILDREN MOURN HIS LOSS. OUR PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS SERGEANT JOHN BOWMAN ON THE LEFT AND SERGEANT R. HARROW ON THE RIGHT. The sad news of Sergeant R. Harrow’s death was received on Saturday night by Mrs Harrow, who resides at 37 Lower Pleasance, in a letter from one of the officers.
He says – “Your husband’s death was a great loss to the company, and more especially to my platoon, who respected him as one of the best sergeants and truest gentlemen.”
Sergeant Harrow, who was 29 years of age, served eleven years with the “Fourth.” He was formerly employed as a jute batcher in Edward Street Mill and Factory (John Sharp & Sons, Limited), where he was highly respected by all the employees. A widow and three children mourn his loss. The Courier, Monday, 22 March 1915, 4.
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