In early October, 1916, the Newfoundlanders retaliated for the Somme
at Gueudecort, France. There they captured "Hilt Trench" after a punishing
assault on the German front line. In 1917, they distinguished themselves at Arras,
Scarpe, Ypres, Langemarck and Cambrai.
In December, 1917, in recognition of their valour and fighting elan, and for
the undaunted recruitment efforts on the homefront, the British bestowed the
title “Royal” on the regiment. This was only the second time in military
history Britain gave the honour to a regiment while a war was still underway.
It showed that to the British, its Atlantic island dominion was a home of heroes.