Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial

Beaumont-Hamel, France

The Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial is a memorial site in France dedicated to the commemoration of Dominion of Newfoundland forces members who were killed during World War I. The 74-acre (300,000 m2) 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 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. Along with preserved trench lines, there are a number of memorials and cemeteries contained within the site.

Officially opened by British Field Marshal Earl Haig in 1925, the memorial site is one of only two National Historic Sites of Canada located outside Canada; the other is the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. The memorial site and experience of the Newfoundland Regiment at Beaumont-Hamel has come to represent the Newfoundland First World War experience. As a result, it has become a Newfoundland symbol of sacrifice and a source of identity.

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Founded: 1925
Category: Statues in France

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Sharon Frazer (13 months ago)
Fabulous free WW1 site to visit. Start at the visitors centre for information and a map. The guides in the centre are very helpful. Self guided tour around the site, well laid out with numbered points of interest. Definitely worth a visit.
Chris Hill (2 years ago)
Wonderful visit to this museum and memorial. Free tours are given by young history students from New Foundland. The young lady we had for our tour was confident, well spoken and extremely knowledgeable. Thank you so much. Although you can go into some trenches to get a feel for how it was, one addition that would be nice , would be to set up a small part like it would have been, with artificacts, equipment, mud, barbed wire etc. It would bring home the horror even more of what our soldiers endured. But thank you. A wonderful and moving visit.
Mandy Garrett (2 years ago)
Well worth a visit, a beautifully maintained memorial space, shady and peaceful. Very informative free guided tour by Canadian students bilingual in French and English. Visited as a family with 2 children, ages 10 and 13 and they found it interesting and made them think and ask questions. Shout out to Jessica who was our fabulous guide which brought it all to life. There is a small, good museum plus clean toilets. No cafe or drinks facilities but we were not there for that. Opportunity to walk the front line trenches, and see no man's land. Great visit. PS it might feel like you are driving to nowhere but the satnav will get you there!
Cat (2 years ago)
Beautiful and moving. There is a self-guided tour that does a great job of explaining the significance of the terrain, or if you’re lucky you may get a free tour by one of the staff there (they were offered every hour except the lunch hour the day we were there, and we just happened to come in that off hour). There is a good exhibition in the visitors center including a replica of the book of names in the chapel and a few first person accounts from the war. A few tips: 1) eating is not allowed in the memorial area, but there are some picnic tables next to the parking lot. They were in full sun at 13:00. 2) the road in is not busy, so it’s fine for bikes though like the vast majority of the roads in this area there is no shoulder. Also it’s a wee climb.
kchall hall (2 years ago)
This place...well I had to say as being a retired soldier this place gave me the chills just thinking about the past. The guides here are from Canada which made me so proud. There were knowledgeable about the area. It was humbled by being here.
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