Newfoundland was a British Dominion at the time of the Great War and like many other countries of the British Empire an army of volunteers was raised for the war effort.
Attached to the 29th Division, the Newfoundland Regiment experienced its first major action at Beaumont-Hamel on the 1st July 1916. This first day of the Battle of the Somme was a catastrophe for all involved; the worst day in British military history with over 60,000 casualties. The Newfoundland Regiment did not fare any better, within just a few minutes of leaving their trench positions they suffered terrible losses; only 68 men were able to answer the roll call the next day. They suffered one of the highest casualty rates of the 1st July, making this one of the bloodiest actions of the Somme.
1st July Ceremony
On 1st July 2017 the Government of Canada will mark the 101st anniversary of the battles of the Somme and Beaumont-Hamel with a commemorative ceremony at the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial. The ceremony will begin at 4pm, but guests are requested to arrive before 3.30pm.