As if being decimated July 1, 1916, wasn't horrific enough for the Newfoundland Regiment, those who survived or didn't see action that day were left with the most grievous tasks.
Here's a short snippet in the Regiment's War Diary from July 3: "At night brought in some dead and equipment. Orders received to be prepared for counter attack and gas."
The entry really stood out to me while researching the Regiment on The Rooms' website. The diary is posted there.
When we remember Beaumont-Hamel, we naturally reflect on the extensive losses, and not on what the survivors faced on top of their shock and grief.
I can't even begin to imagine how horrific it must have been.