Remembering Beaumont-Hamel

July 1, 2016, marks the one-hundredth-year anniversary of a devastating battle that remains seared in the collective memory of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Written by Canada’s History Staff

Posted May 10, 2016

Every year on Canada Day, people in Newfoundland and Labrador take time to remember the sacrifices made by Newfoundlanders who served in the First World War.

July 1st marks the anniversary of a particularly devastating battle that virtually wiped out most of the Newfoundland Regiment.The Battle of Beaumont-Hamel took place on the opening day of the Somme Offensive.

The Newfoundland Regiment went over the top just after 9 am and within minutes most of its members were killed or wounded. The shocking death toll devastated the people back home in what was then the Dominion of Newfoundland. For more about the Newfoundland Regiment’s role in the First World War, view these videos produced by Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage.

Courtesy of the Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage Website

Read Rex Murphy’s article about the impact of Beaumont-Hamel in the June-July 2016 issue of Canada’s History magazine.

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