In this episode we are on the Somme and take a visit to the Newfoundland Memorial Park at Beaumont-Hamel, a unique area of preserved First World War battlefield where the Newfoundland Regiment, among others, fought on the First Day of the Battle of the Somme. We follow a route through the park to the front line, walk the trenches and look at the two ends of the battle in July and November 1916.
In the podcast while visiting Y Ravine Cemetery, I mentioned L/Cpl Edward Ayre of the Newfoundland Regiment who died on 1st July 1916. He was one of five members of the Ayre family to die that day, four of them with the Newfoundlanders at Beaumont-Hamel, and another with the Norfolk Regiment at Carnoy. These images are all taken from the Canadian Virtual War Memorial and put faces to these men.
Thanks to Stephen Kerr for these photos he took of the Newfoundland Park from a microlight during the WW1 Centenary. Do follow him on Twitter. All images ©Stephen Kerr.