The Royal Newfoundland Regiment.

The Royal Newfoundland Regiment.

The Newfoundland Beaumont Hamel Memorial is the largest of the five 'caribou' sites in France and Belgium. Here on the 1st of July 1916 the 1st Battalion of the Newfoundland Regiment suffered 684 casualties (70% of its full strength) most of the casualties being from 780 or so men who heroically advanced to the attack that morning. Only one other battalion suffered heavier casualties that day - the 10th West Yorks at Fricourt. The site was purchased by the regimental chaplain, Tom Nangle, at the end of the war with funds raised largely by women of Newfoundland. It is the biggest battalion memorial of the Western Front and the largest area of the Somme battlefield that has been preserved. The site encompasses the ground which the Newfoundland battalion (as well as several British battalions) attacked on the fate-ful day, as well as part of the German front line system. The centrepiece is the Caribou, the symbol of the Regiment, and the memorial to all those Newfoundlanders who served in the Great war and to those missing who have no known grave. I have visited The Newfoundland Beaumont Hamel Memorial Park on two separate occasions when I have visited The Somme Battlefields.

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    Born 1888

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    Born 1892

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    Born 1897

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    Born 1894

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    British Army 1395 Private Royal Newfoundland Regiment 1st Battalion

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    Born 1891

    Died 1916

    British Army 258 Private Newfoundland Regiment 1st Battalion "B" Company

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    Born 1895

    Died 1916

    British Army 685 Lance Corporal Newfoundland Regiment

    British Army 685 Lance Corporal Royal Newfoundland Regiment

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    Born 1894

    Died 1916

    British Army 1627 Private Royal Newfoundland Regiment

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    Born 1890

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    Born 1883

    Died 1916

    British Army 194 Private Royal Newfoundland Regiment

    British Army 194 Lance Corporal Royal Newfoundland Regiment 1st Battalion.

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    Born 1891

    Died 1916

    British Army 869 Second Lieutenant Royal Newfoundland Regiment 1st Battalion

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    Born 1895

    Died 1916

    British Army 279 Private Royal Newfoundland Regiment

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    Born 1892

    Died 1916

    British Army 28 Second Lieutenant Royal Newfoundland Regiment

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    Born 1880

    Died 1916

    British Army 966 Private Newfoundland Regiment 1st Battalion

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    Born 1896

    Died 1916

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 739 Private Royal Newfoundland Regiment 1st Battalion

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    Born 1890

    Died 1916

    British Army 1669 Private Royal Newfoundland Regiment 1st Battalion.

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    Born 1893

    Died 1916

    British Army 1117 Private Royal Newfoundland Regiment 1st Battalion

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    Born 1889

    Died 1916

    British Army Captain Royal Newfoundland Regiment 1st Battalion