Signal Hill Sunrise Ceremony, St. John’s Newfoundland.

This was taken on Canada Day. Many Newfoundlanders mark the date of July 1st not as Canada Day, but as Memorial Day, the date of remembrance for the Beaumont-Hamel battle.

On July 1, 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme in World War I, 801 soldiers of the 1st Newfoundland Regiment rose from the British trenches and went into battle at Beaumont-Hamel, nine kilometers north of Albert in France. After only 30 minutes the regiment was devastated. Only 68 men stood to answer the regimental role call the next morning.

In November of 1916 His Majesty King George V granted the title “Royal” to the Newfoundland Regiment. No other regiment in the British Empire was awarded this signal honours. Today the site of the battle is known as Newfoundland Memorial Park.

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  • elliewinds
    elliewindsabout 7 years ago

    fantastic image! well done.

  • midzing
    midzingabout 7 years ago

    brilliant image Colin, and the history to go with it is so sad…..least we forget.

  • Gregory Ewanowich
    Gregory Ewanowichabout 7 years ago

    Gorgeous image Colin! Love the old stonework on the fortress!

  • RichardV
    RichardVabout 7 years ago

    Nice image Colin.
    I have visited Albert and the Somme area, and visited all the commonwealth war memorials in the area. Even today, the ground is dangerous, and farmers have a steel sheet behind the cab on their tractor. We went to the NZ memorial, and on the way back, there was an unexploded shell put on the side of the road. I did ask my wife to get out of the car and put her foot on it and pose, but she said no. I dont know why.

  • abefleur
    abefleurabout 7 years ago

    powerful image – it’s wierd because i dreamt about Rememberance Sunday last night, right up until i woke up this morning (no idea why) and here i am looking at this – this is outstanding work Colin.

  • Karen Martin
    Karen Martinabout 7 years ago

    Beautiful shot – the colours are just spot on…

  • VonMcKnelly
    VonMcKnellyabout 7 years ago

    Emotional image and commentary. Kudos!

  • BuddyH
    BuddyHabout 7 years ago

    Love the mood of the shot.

  • Kevin  Kroeker
    Kevin Kroekerabout 7 years ago

    Love this image Colin… Superb work!

  • Heather  Rivet  IPA
    Heather Rivet...about 7 years ago


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