This is a photo of members of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment firing party "Presenting Arms" in the annual Battle of Beaumont-Hamel Parade held at the Curling War Memorial, just outside Corner Brook. In the background you can see Members of The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, Royal Canadian Army Cadets and Royal Canadian Sea Cadets. It was a warm, windy and sunny afternoon. Many residences attend the parade before going to the Canada Day Celebration.
The War Memorial is in a scenic location overlooking the Bay of Islands.
Canada Day is celebrated on the 1st of July. But in Newfoundland and Labrador it is a day of remembrance of those that fell in Battle at Beaumont-Hamel on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on 1 July 1916.
The casualties sustained on the opening day of the Battle of the Somme totaled 57,470, of which 19,240 were fatal. No unit suffered heavier losses than the Newfoundland Regiment, which had gone into action 801 strong. When the roll call of the unwounded was taken next day, only 68 answered their names. The final figures gave a grim count of 255 killed or dead of wounds, 386 wounded, and 91 missing. Every officer who went forward in the Newfoundland attack was either killed or wounded.
The photo was level adjusted slightly cropped and saved to the web.
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bullybeef53 (3361) 2005-08-06 11:54
Your note is absolutely wonderful and very informed . I like this angle especially the soldier on the right . It gives the feeling that you are lined up with the soldiers . Wonderful , jim
pally3100 (3413) 2007-04-30 22:25
thanks to yours in memory form us
"peace over the world"
form Belgium speaking ,Henri Liège
ascotti (260) 2008-02-02 14:30
Good old newfies! I've still got family in Grand Falls, great province and people.
The military provides a great subject for so many great photo opportunities. I don't know what you were allowed to do in terms of moving around and shooting this event. Try zooming in on the scene - asking yourself what really attracts you to this image and why you want to take it. Personally, it would have been the repetition and perfection that the soldiers have presented. Maybe zooming in on their hands holding the gun, using the coporal's arms as a frame and shooting down the line. hope you get what i am suggesting.
Anyways, play around with these shots, main thing is focusing you eye on something specific. hoe this helps,