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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Allan Schoenherr (6 months ago)
A great visit, and a super walk round the battlefield. MacKay was excellent is greeting us and pointing out the highlights. Really enjoyed the Caribou bronze and the cemetery and memorial. Visitor centre very neat.
Sandy Jane Sims (6 months ago)
Staff very helpful and approachable. Place, gives you more understanding of Trench warfare. Yet again to many unknown graves??RIP
M L (7 months ago)
This is such a beautiful place. Well maintained and has managed to preserve the past yet create something special for the future with the replanting and tree care programmes.
Richard Kadri-Langford (13 months ago)
Amazing place. Friendly knowledgeable staff. Def worth a visit
AARON DeMent (14 months ago)
The memorial was well put together and the walking tour provided a clear picture of what a difficult situation both sides of the battle were in. The description of the time it took to achieve incredibly small gains was striking.
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