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Saturday, November 11, 2006
Remembrance Day - Nov. 11, 2006
The grave of Private J. Hancock of the Newfoundland Regiment, in Y-Ravine Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, France. Pte. Hancock was killed in action on the 1st day of the the Battle of the Somme July 1, 1916. He was 18 years old.
On July 1,1916, the Newfoundland Regiment advanced alone into a hail of machine gun fire and suffered a 90 percent casualty rate including every officer - one of the highest casualty rates in the entire British Army that day.
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