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Newfoundlanders remember Beaumont Hamel


The war to end all wars, World War I, was remembered in Newfoundland and Labrador Monday as the province recalled 'Memorial Day'.

Wreath laying ceremonies were held at a number of Burin Peninsula communities Monday morning as residents recalled the Newfoundlanders who fought, and many who died, at Beaumont Hamel and Vimy Ridge.

Newfoundlanders who sacrificed their all during the Great War in northern France were honoured Monday. The Battle of Arras fought against the Germans lasted from Apr. 9 to May 16, 1917 and included Newfoundland troops.

The 1st Newfoundland Regiment was virtually annihilated at the Battle of Beaumont Hamel July 1st that year. 801 men went into battle and 733 were either killed or wounded. Only 68 answered roll call the next morning.

 

Wreath laying ceremonies were held at a number of Burin Peninsula communities Monday morning as residents recalled the Newfoundlanders who fought, and many who died, at Beaumont Hamel and Vimy Ridge.

Newfoundlanders who sacrificed their all during the Great War in northern France were honoured Monday. The Battle of Arras fought against the Germans lasted from Apr. 9 to May 16, 1917 and included Newfoundland troops.

The 1st Newfoundland Regiment was virtually annihilated at the Battle of Beaumont Hamel July 1st that year. 801 men went into battle and 733 were either killed or wounded. Only 68 answered roll call the next morning.

 

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