Newfoundland sent 8,500 soldiers and sailors abroad in the First World War; out of a population of less than 250,000, over 1,500 brave men gave their lives. On July 1st of each year - the anniversary of the Battle of Beaumont Hamel, these courageous Newfoundlanders are remembered for the great sacrifice they made and the loved ones they left behind.
After the war, Newfoundland established five memorials overseas to commemorate the bravery of her sons in First World War. They are: Beaumont Hamel, Gueudecourt, Monchy, Masnières, and Courtrai memorials. The Courtrai Memorial is located in Belgium while all others are located in France. These unique bronze caribou statues were the work of Basil Gotto, who also designed the statue of the "The Fighting Newfoundlander" in Bowring Park, St. John's.
July 1, 2006 marks the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Beaumont Hamel.