Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Recommended: The Living Memorial of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment

On the Way to Gallipoli, 1915

The boys from Newfoundland were part of the 29th Division, the only division of the British Army that landed at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 and also went over the top at the Somme on 1 July 1916. They paid mightily at both locations, but that's only the most remembered part of their story. They (meaning mostly the replacement troops of the regiment) fought in almost all the remaining campaigns of the war on the Western Front and were later part of the occupying forces in Germany.

Newfoundland Caribou at Monchy-le-Preux, Captured April 1917

The Memorial University of Newfoundland has created a magnificent online "Living Memorial" to the regiment. It covers all the major events, the individuals, and the home-front story of Newfoundland in the Great War.  Here is the best place to start:

Newfoundland Crossing the Rhine, November 1918


  1. First Class site for a First Class Army.

  2. A little correction. 1st Lancs Fusiliers also attacked on 25 April 1915 (6 VC's before breakfast) and 1 July 1916.

    1. Weren't they also part of the 29th Division also? I've tried to clarify the text a bit.