Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial


Facts:

The three villages of Beaumont, Gare-de-Beaucourt and Hamel make up the municipality of Beaumont-Hamel and were situated immediately behind the German front line.

Newfoundland was, at the time of the Great War, a British Dominion and like other Commonwealth countries raised an army of volunteers for the war effort.

On the 1st July, at 9am, men from the Newfoundland Regiment left their trenches and were immediately trapped under German machine gun fire. Half an hour later, only 68 remained unscathed and all of the officers had been killed or wounded. They suffered one of the highest casualty rates of the 1st July, making this one of the bloodiest actions of the Somme.

Several years ago, a Visitor’s Centre was added to the site. Several park rangers are on site. They offer information and guided tours; it is also possible to go an a self-guided tour of the battlefield.


The handout for visitors who go around on their own (“Self-Guided Tour of the Battlefield”) comprises a map.

This is the ‘Welcome’ section:

Welcome

Veterans Affairs Canada welcomes you to the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial. Since Newfoundland’s confederation with Canada in 1949, the Government of Canada has been responsible for the maintenance and care of this site.

Please remember that this whole site is a war memorial and, effectively, a war cemetery and should be treated accordingly; the remains of many men, never recovered, still lie here.

Please be aware that the ground over which you walk is uneven, often muddy and slippery. Please use the wooden platforms when moving through the accessible trenches.


There is still something mystic in the air – not only at the danger tree…

This memorial, as all the other memorials, and war cemeteries convey that we all need a little more  R – E – S – P – E – C – T  for the world around us.

This remembrance trip certainly was not my last visit to the Caribou.


 

War is not the solution for our issues.

Excerpt from Pete Seeger’s “Where Have All The Flowers Gone”:

…when will we ever learn…

 


 

For more information, please follow this link:

http://www.ww1battlefields.co.uk/somme/newfoundland.html

 

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17 thoughts on “Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial

  1. Such a beautiful place! It looks so peaceful, its hard to imagine what took place there. Your pictures are lovely, and I really like how you displayed them. I think you have captured the atmosphere of the place perfectly with your words and images.

    • The park rangers are doing a great job. There is still a certain magic in the air. Visitors are asked to respect the site – and they do. History is kept alive as a constant reminder that war is harmful. If you and your family visit this memorial, you will be awed by today’s peacefulness.
      Thank you very much for the praise, Ali. My trusted Galaxy Nexus and I did our best.

      • Samsung has some excellent smartphones, indeed. Especially the Note, Nexus, S4, and S5 are awesome from a photographing (amateur in my case) point of view.

  2. Having served in three wars; the sights, sounds, and smells follow me and speak to me in quiet moments and in my dreams. It’s only when I visit the sites of previous battles that my own memories are quiet. I feel connected somehow and the respect and reverance they deserve gives me respite. I enjoyed this post and thank you for your remembrance of those that gave it all to protect what free people enjoy today.

    • Thank you for your feedback, I appreciate it very much.
      You can also feel the past in the tranquillity at this site. I felt it as a kid, even if I did not comprehend everything, then. It is a place to think. Thanks to the park rangers and what they do to maintain this important memorial, Beaumont-Hamel and what happened will not be forgotten. History is very important for the Somme region.

    • It is very different, indeed. The visitors centre shows what this location looked like in 1916. The visitors centre and the park rangers were not always there. The danger tree is still there – all visitors stop in reverent silence.

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