A memorial site dedicated to the commemoration of Dominion of Newfoundland forces members who were killed during World War I. The 74-acre preserved battlefield park encompasses the grounds over which the Newfoundland Regiment made their unsuccessful attack on 1 July 1916 during the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

The well-preserved network of trenches and its Canadian, Scottish and British memorials, the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial in the heart of the Somme battlefield area just north of Albert  / Image: via french-weekendbreaks.co.uk
The preserved battlefield / Image: euro-t-guide.com

The Battle of the Somme was the regiment’s first major engagement, and during an assault that lasted approximately 30 minutes the regiment was all but wiped out. Purchased in 1921 by the people of Newfoundland, the memorial site is the largest battalion memorial on the Western Front, and the largest area of the Somme battlefield that has been preserved.

The site is situated in an area containing numerous cemeteries and memorials related to the Battle of the Somme. One of the few places on the former Western Front where a visitor can see the trench lines of the First World War and the related terrain in a preserved natural state. It is the largest site dedicated to the memory of the Newfoundland Regiment, the largest battalion memorial on the Western Front, and the largest area of the Somme battlefield that has been preserved.

Beyond being a popular location for battlefield tours the site is also an important location in the burgeoning field of First World War battlefield archaeology, because of its preserved and largely undisturbed state.

The central memorial mound at the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial / Image: ww1cemeteries.com

Featured Image: The battlefield of Beaumont-Hamel is still pockmarked with craters and trenches / Image: Michael St. Maur Sheil

Websites: veterans.gc.ca



 

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