N.L. premier commemorates battle of Beaumont-Hamel in France

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BEAUMONT-HAMEL, France - Newfoundland and Labrador premier Kathy Dunderdale is in France today to mark the anniversary of the First World War battle of Beaumont-Hamel.

While Canada Day celebrations take place elsewhere across the country, the province of Newfoundland and Labrador is observing Memorial Day.

On July 1, 1916, hundreds of soldiers from the Royal Newfoundland Regiment fighting in France during were killed within 30 minutes storming German trenches.

In all, 710 Newfoundland troops were killed, missing or wounded in what would become the opening day of the Battle of Somme, the largest allied offensive of the First World War.

Dunderdale spoke at the ceremony in Beaumont-Hamel, accompanied by veterans, members of the Royal Canadian Legion and other delegates from across Newfoundland and Labrador.

The premier is on her way back to Canada after concluding a trade mission in China.


Organizations: Royal Canadian Legion

Geographic location: Beaumont-Hamel, France, Newfoundland and Labrador Somme Canada China

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