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Even further from home

It’s almost impossible to turn a corner in France without seeing a signpost to a war memorial or graves.

The following two are in memory of soldiers who were literally thousands of miles from home and remain forever in the foreign fields were they fell.

Both of them are in relation to the early days of the battle of The Somme.

The Newfoundland Memorial at Beaumont Hamel.

The Caribou at Beaumont Hamel

Here on a mound, surrounded by rock and shrubs native to Newfoundland stands a huge bronze Caribou in memory of men missing in action from the Newfoundland regiment.

This proud caribou stands overlooking the trenches where the men fought the first battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916.

The Australian memorial at Mouquet Farm.

Mouquet Farm

In less than seven weeks between August and September 1916 during the fighting at Pozières and Mouquet Farm three Australian divisions suffered 23,000 casualties.

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6 thoughts on “Even further from home

  1. That caribou is absolutely stunning. When I was at school, the involvement of the then and former British colonies wasn’t taught as part of our WW history. I first realised how many Australians were killed when I visited the war museum in Canberra and learned about Gallipoli.

    And when I did some research for my previous blog posts (mentioned on your last post, especially the post from 2011) I was amazed at the disparity in number of deaths from differing countries. Extremely sobering. Apart from this year’s poem, I haven’t decided on any other aspect, although one is slowly coming to mind as I think about it.

    • Yes the caribou is an amazing sight. There are five other too, four in France and Belgium, a one at St John’s in Canada.
      The one I visited at Beaumont Hamel overlooks the trenches, which have been carefully preserved. The area is very serene and all grass now, so still difficult to imagine the horrors that took place there.
      I find it hard to comprehend how many soldiers from all corners of the commonwealth were fighting in Europe.

  2. The statistics you have you have been sharing are phenomenal. Whate we usually get to hear are the individual stories and while tragic enough, I wonder how many people when they are saying ‘Lest We Forget’ have any idea of the the scope of what we aren’t forgetting…

    • The statistics on paper are just numbers which are very hard to comprehend, I think we also need to hear the individual stories or see something physically to bring them into reality.

      The first time the enormity of it hit home to me was when I visited Tyne Cot and the Menin Gate. To see all those names on the walls and to realise each one was a person with a story to tell, left me totally numb.

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