WAM June30-July 1 Dr. Mark Humphries
On July 1, 1916, the collective heart of this then-tiny country was broken. As 801 young men from the First Newfoundland Regiment went forward at Beaumont Hamel in the Battle of the Somme. They didn’t stand a chance under fire from the germeans. Consequently only 68 surviving to answer roll call the next day. Much has been said, much has been written about this day. But it bears discussing again, and again, lest we forget. Dr. Mark Humphries is a professor at Memorial University who specializes in canadain military history. He has specific expertise in the First World War and beaumont Hamel.