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Commmonwealth War Graves Commission Deaths

In memory of
Able Seaman
FRANCIS DOWNEY
who died on
10-Dec-1941
The following information is provided through the courtesy of the
Commmonwealth War Graves Commission.
Service Number: N/A
Age: 19
Force: Merchant Navy
Regiment: Canadian Merchant Navy
Trade: N/A
Cause of Death: N/A
Citation: N/A
Additional Information: Son of Francis and Margaret Downey, of Stephenville Crossing, Newfoundland, 
Honours and Awards: N/A 


Burial Information:

Cemetery:
HALIFAX MEMORIAL 
Nova Scotia, Canada

Grave Reference: Panel 19.



In memory of
Sergeant
BERNARD B DOWNEY
who died on
16-Feb-44
The following information is provided through the courtesy of the
Commmonwealth War Graves Commission.

Service Number: R/183176
Age: 23
Force: Air Force 
Regiment: Royal Canadian Air Force
Trade: N/A
Cause of Death: N/A
Citation: N/A
Additional Information: Son of James W. Downey, and Theresa J. Downey, of Great Codroy, Newfoundland.
Honours and Awards: N/A


Burial Information:
Cemetery:
HARROGATE (STONEFALL) CEMETERY 
Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Grave Reference: Sec. F. Row A. Grave 5.
Location: The town cemetery is on the south east side of Harrogate. The Commission's plot is in the southern part of the HARROGATE (STONEFALL) CEMETERY. To reach the cemetery from Harrogate, go along the Harrogate/Wetherby road (A661) to the junction with the A59. The cemetery is signposted at this junction. 


In memory of
Private
LEONARD L HYNES
who died on
08-Oct-1918
The following information is provided through the courtesy of the
Commmonwealth War Graves Commission.

Service Number: 5859
Age: 23
Force: Army 
Regiment: Royal Newfoundland Regt
Trade: N/A
Cause of Death: Died on board H.M.T. "Huntsend", of influenza
Citation: N/A
Additional Information: Son of Richard and Margaret Hynes, of Melville Post Office, St. George. 
Honours and Awards: N/A 

Burial Information:
Cemetery:
BEAUMONT-HAMEL (NEWFOUNDLAND) MEMORIAL
France

Grave Reference:
Location: The largest of the battlefield parks established in memory of Newfoundlanders who fell in the First World War is Beaumont Hamel, nine kilometres directly north of the town of Albert. 

In BEAUMONT HAMEL MEMORIAL PARK, which was officially opened by Earl Haig on June 7, 1925, the monument of the great bronze caribou, emblem of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, stands on the highest point overlooking St John's Road and the slopes beyond. At the base of the statue three tablets of bronze carry the names of over 800 members of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, the Newfoundland Royal Naval Reserve, and the Mercantile Marine who gave their lives in the First World War and have no known grave. In the lodge, which houses the reception room for visitors to the Park, a bronze plaque, unveiled in 1961 by the Hon. Joseph Smallwood, Premier of Newfoundland, lists the Battle Honours won by the Royal Newfoundland Regiment and pays tribute to its fallen. 

The park is one of the few in France or Belgium where the visitor can see a Great War battlefield much as it was. The actual trenches are still there and something of the terrible problem of advancing over such country can be appreciated by the visitor. Today, however, flocks of sheep from nearby farms graze over the grassy, shell-pocked slopes. 

On the first day of the Battle of the Somme, no unit suffered heavier losses than the Newfoundland Regiment, which had gone into action 801 strong. When the roll call of the unwounded was taken next day, only 68 answered their names. The final figures that revealed the virtual annihilation of the Battalion gave a grim count of 233 killed or dead of wounds, 386 wounded, and 91 missing. Every officer who went forward in the Newfoundland attack was either killed or wounded. 

Page Revised by Craig Peterman (August 2002)

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