Memorial Day honoured in St. John’s

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A big crowd turned out on a sunny day Tuesday morning in St. John’s to honour those from Newfoundland and Labrador who took part in a tragic battle during the First World War.

Members of the Signal Hill Tattoo donned Royal Newfoundland Regiment uniforms Tuesday for the Memorial Day service held in St. John's.

Memorial Day recognized the 98th anniversary of the battle of Beaumont-Hamel. On July 1, 1916, 801 soldiers from the Royal Newfoundland Regiment mounted an offensive attack on German forces.

Following the battle, only 68 of those soldiers with the regiment answered roll call.

Tuesday’s ceremony was held during the year that also marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. Towards its conclusion, a new plaque was unveiled at the National War Memorial to honour members of the regiment involved in the War of 1812.

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Geographic location: Beaumont-Hamel

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