GOING OVER THE TOP
Orders from the military headquarters were clear: continue the attack. The Newfoundland Regiment, stationed in the support trench, was ordered to cross over 200 meters of open ground before even reaching No Man's Land, because the communication trenches were blocked with the dead and the wounded getting first aid from the previous attack. Their sister Regiment, the Essex, was already under heavy gunfire and waited for the communication trenches to be cleared before going over the top. On July 1st, 1916, 800 Newfoundland soldiers and 22 officers took part in the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel, part of the large Somme Offensive.