Battle at Beaumont-Hamel and the Trail of the Caribou
July 1, 1916, saw the Royal Newfoundland Regiment advance on German lines with devastating consequences to men of the Regiment. Memorial Park at Beaumont-Hamel, France, preserves the place where over 700 brave Newfoundlanders were killed or wounded within 30 minutes of the first day of the battle.
Today, in five places in France and Belgium, stoic bronze statues of caribou stand in tribute to the brave soldiers of Newfoundland and Labrador. Students and cadets will bear witness to, and be humbled and inspired by, the sacrifices made in the first World War. They will come home with a new appreciation for our country's history.