Beaumont-Hamel Commemoration - Ottawa ​​

Please join us at the Cenotaph on​ July 1st, 2017
for the 101st Anniversary of the​ Battle of Beaumont-Hamel



July 1st, 2017

The National War Memorial, Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON

7:30 to 7:55 a.m. - Arrival of the Official Party
8:00 a.m sharp - Start of the ceremony (rain or shine)

Of all the battles that the Royal Newfoundland Regiment fought during the First World War, none was as devastating or as defining as the first day of the Battle of the Somme. The Regiment's tragic advance at Beaumont-Hamel on the morning of July 1, 1916 became an enduring symbol of its valour and of its terrible wartime sacrifices. The attack was a devastating failure. In a single morning, the Newfoundland Regiment had been almost wiped out. When roll call was taken the next day, of the 801 members of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment who went into battle, only 68 men answered the call. The events of that day were forever seared into the cultural memory of the Newfoundland and Labrador people.
National War Memorial, Ottawa
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Special Performance Guests
The Shallaway Choir will be performing "Sing You Home" (composed by Maureen Ennis) at this year's Beaumont-Hamel Commemoration at the Cenotaph.

Shallaway is a cultural agency that expresses itself through choral music. Its more than 350 choristers, age 7–18, come from the city of St. John's and its surrounding areas, and sing in six developmentally sequenced ensembles.

The mandate of the internationally acclaimed Shallaway Youth Choir is to:
  • develop independent choral musicianship and cultural awareness in its membership;
  • connect the province with the wider artistic world through choral excellence;
  • promote, preserve and transmit the rich folk culture of Newfoundland and Labrador;
  • celebrate cultural diversity and connection in this nation and around the globe; and,
  • develop its young choristers as leaders for the future in and for Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Shallaway Choir at the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Beaumont Hamel, The Rooms, July 1, 2016
Atlantic Voices: The Newfoundland and Labrador Choir of Ottawa has been a wonderful supporter of the Beaumont-Hamel event and has performed every year in Ottawa since the first commemoration 11 years ago.

The choir was founded in the spring of 2002 by soprano Kristina Curren, a Newfoundlander in search of her musical heritage. Atlantic Voices is an amateur choir with a repertoire consisting mainly of Newfoundland, Maritime, and Celtic songs and music.

Under the musical direction of Scott Richardson and with accompanist Theresa Clarke, the choir performs two major concerts a year: one at the end of January and one in May.

Atlantic Voices Choir under the direction of Scott Richardson

Photo Gallery




Photos from the 2016 Beaumont-Hamel Commemoration.
With many thanks to Bruce MacRae, photographer
​and Richard Lawrence, Photographer
Photos from the 2015 Beaumont-Hamel Commemoration.
With many thanks to Bruce MacRae, photographer
​and Richard Lawrence, Photographer
Photos from the 2014 Beaumont-Hamel Commemoration.
With many thanks to singer Terry Kelly for his participation
and to Bruce MacRae, photographer

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July 1st, 2016

The National War Memorial
Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON   K1P 5A4

7:30 to 7:55 a.m. - Arrival of the Official Party
8:00 a.m sharp - Start of the ceremony