In the spring of 1916 the Newfoundlanders left Egypt along with the British
29th Division and headed to the Western Front. It was here the Newfoundlanders,
who had tasted only a little of actual combat in Gallipoli, would almost be annihilated
by it at the Somme. That battle would be the Newfoundlanders' most heroic and
The Somme was to have been a "big push" by the British into the
Germans' front line. Heavy shelling was to have destroyed German artillery and
cut through enemy barbed wire. Communication was to have been precise and clear.
Nothing worked as planned for the Newfoundlanders. At 9:15 a.m. on July 1 the
regiment went "over the top" as part of the second wave of the Allied
attack. They were focussed on Beaumont Hamel.
The men immediately fell under relentless machine-gun fire from nests that
had been unaffected by shelling. Hundreds of Newfoundlanders
died early in their bloody