FRANCE PACARDIE Beaumont hamel newfoundland memorial WIKIThis Newfoundland Battlefield Memorial Park [Rue de l'église, +33 322767086 www.vac-acc.gc.ca] was erected in Beaumont-Hamel, in honour of the members of the Dominion of Newfoundland who were killed here in the Battle of Somme, during WWI.  The Newfoundland regiment landed here on the 1st July 1916, to launch a gutsy yet unsuccessful attack which caused the entire regiment to be wiped out in half an hour. The land was purchased by the Newfoundlanders to commemorate the bravery of these soldiers.

A caribou sits atop the plateau of the memorial, marking the spot where these soldiers landed. This is one of the only two National Historic Sites that have been set outside of Canada. It is also the largest Somme battlefield to be completely preserved.

The memorial has a visitor centre onsite, which provides guided tours as well.

 

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