Newfoundlander trench at Beaumont Hamel
I have long been touched by the story of heroism and tragic loss made by the Newfoundlanders on the 1st of July 1916. It also has a personal meaning to me as my Great Grandfather fought at the Somme close to Beaumont Hamel. ( I wrote about him in the Your History section of the All About History Magazine last year, it was called "The ring that survived Gallopili and the Somme") I hope that you will appreciate the sacfrifice and loss caused at the place in this photo and that as historians and editors for historical magazines, that you will seriously consider my entry. I am 15 years old and aiming to become a historian, I have always been interested in WW1 and the Somme in particular is of personal importance to me.
This trench is just behind the British front line and is where the Newfoundlanders advanced from to become pinned down in no mans land land, cut down by machine gun fire in their own barbed wire and left out in the open as there communication trenches had become filled with bodies. 700 men died in 30 minutes and Beaumont Hamel remained in German hands until the 51st Scots took it in November 1916.