This July 1
- While July 1 is a special day in Canadian History, the day also has some
special meaning in Newfounlander History as well.
Tomorrow is Beaumont Hamel day and the 90th Anniversary of the battle of the
Somme that saw the decimation of the Newfoundland Reg't. In under three
hours the Newfoundlanders sustained 88% casualties.
It is still known as the "Day of Great Loss" in Newfoundland. This
offensive would end up costing the allies 600,000 men to gain 10 km!
By the end of the Great War nearly 6,000 men served in the Royal
Newfoundland Reg't (become 'Royal' again in 1918) and one in five paid with
So to all that wear the uniform of the Royal Newfoundland Reg't and to all
that used to.
TO BEAUMONT HAMEL!
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