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The War Dead of the Beaumont-Hamel War Memorial
The Royal Newfoundland Regiment
|The Royal Newfoundland Regiment was formed after the outbreak of WW I. It reached a strength of 800 men by 3 Sep 1914, and its first contingent sailed for England the following month. The Battalion stayed in the United Kingdom until August, 1915, then it sailed for Gallipoli. It joined the 29th Division. They arrived in Suvla on 19 September. Most battles were already over so they stayed the winter and left 39 dead on the Peninsula. In March, 1916, the battalion was sent to the Somme to join the rest of the Division. On 1 Jul 1916, it took part in the attack on Beaumont-Hamel and has 715 casualties. On the 12 Oct 1916, the Battalion took Rainbow Trench, Gueudecourt, at a cost of 239 casualties. On the 27 Jan 1917, it lost 7 men and 179 wounded near Lesboeufs; on 3 Mar, they had 32 casualties at Sailly-Saillisel. On 14 April 1917, it suffered 487 casualties at Monch-le-Preux. Nine days later it took 61 casualties in the advance on Infantry Hill. 9 Oct 1917, lost nearly 200 men crossing the Brombeek Valley. The next action was the capture of Masnieres, in the Battle of Cambrai, on 20 Nov 1917. Nearly 500 Officers and men were lost. But they gained the title of "Royal". Their last engagement was fought between Bailleul and Nieppe. On 13 and 14 April they suffered 199 casualties. After almost 3 years of fighting they were withdrawn from the Division to refit. In September they joined the 9th Scottish Division, 28th Brigade. Their last action in the War was the advance at Ledeghem on the 14th October. Their last day of the War was at Harlebeke, where a Memorial to the Battalion has now been erected. The Battalion returned to St. John's in 1919 and was disbanded. It has won a Victoria Cross and 288 other honours and awards. The number of Officers and men who served in the Regiment during WW I was 6,339 of whom 5, 046 served overseas.|
Military Records Contact: Daniel B. Breen
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