Beaumont Hamel Day (was july 1)
On behalf of those of us who commemorate "The Newfs", thank you for the reminder of an important part of the island's and Canada's history. Part of the price for being able to celebrate Canada Day!
Peter Monahan, Sgt
Bulger's Coy, R Nfld Reg't
From: "Kevin Windsor" <kevin.windsor@...>
Date: 2006/06/30 Fri PM 07:17:51 EST
To: "Scout Brigade RNR" <SBFG-RNR@yahoogroups.com>,
Subject: [WarOf1812] 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 their lives.
So to all that wear the uniform of the Royal Newfoundland Reg't and to all that used to.
TO BEAUMONT HAMEL!