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October 10: Enjoy the official launch of I Remain, Your Loving Son: Intimate Stories of Beaumont-Hamel edited by Frances Ennis and Bob Wakeham. An evening of readings, music, and much more on Tuesday, October 10, beginning at 7:00 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 1 (57–59 Blackmarsh Road, St. John’s). The book will be available for purchase. The editors will be signing copies. There will be light refreshments and a cash bar.
History has told us in unambiguous terms that the statistics from July 1, 1916, were grim and shocking: 801 men went “over the top” at Beaumont-Hamel, France; all but sixty-eight were either killed or wounded. I Remain, Your Loving Son contains deeply personal stories of Beaumont-Hamel, told by the soldiers themselves and their relatives back home, by their descendants, and by others who have found distinctive ways of bringing an intimate touch to what is sometimes described as the saddest day in Newfoundland and Labrador history.
For more information, please contact Flanker Press at 709-739-4477 ext. 24 (toll-free at 1-866-739-4420 ext. 24).
The Cabot Quilters Guild displayed some of their beautiful quilts at the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University until January 2017. You can still view some of them now at Corner Brook City Hall’s temporary display.
If you haven’t had a chance to take in the re-enactments of The Great War Living History Committee, see them on Monday, August 7 – Gander, Festival of Flight (2-5:00 pm).
July 1 – The Great War Living History Committee, performed in Clarenville during the Memorial Day Service & for a Canada 150 Canada event.
July 29 – The Great War Living History Committee performed in Bonavista for the Bonavista Days Garden Party.
November 11: Remembrance Day Service at Town of Paradise with the Great War Living History Committee. A traveling exhibit will be on display for the public to view after the ceremony. Check out the full schedule for the Great War Living History Committee www.nfldww1.com
November 4: Performance of ‘The Homefront’ at Princess Sheilagh NaGeira Theatre, Carbonear.
October 29/30: Atlantic Light Theatre performed ‘A Call to Arms’ at Holy Heart Theatre.
Trench Interpretation – Discovery Shooting Club Elliston
August 20: Exhibit at Trinity Festival
Aug. 12-14: WWI Interpretation at Signal Hill, St. John’s
Aug. 6: Bonavista Church Street Festival
July 23: Special Two Part Interpretation Event
July 2: Exhibit at Elliston Sealers Centre
July 1: Memorial Day Services – Bonavista (Also Time Capsule Dedication – Bonavista)
June 18: Exhibit/Interpretation at Signal Hill, St. John’s
May 14 & 15 – ‘Peace by Piece’ – a special exhibit of quilts commemorating the First World War debuted at the Cabot Quilters’ Guild Quilt Show at the Jack Byrne Arena.
March 16 , 17 & 18 – “Where Once They Stood” dinner theatre – A moving tribute to Beaumont Hamel and Newfoundland and Labrador’s involvement in the First World War (FWW). The CLB partnered with the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador through the Honour 100 Grant Program, the City of St. John’s and Spirit of Newfoundland to create a show that celebrates the 100th anniversary of Beaumont Hamel and the First World War.
This March 16th & 17th the CLB Armoury will be transported back in time to become Regimental Headquarters again as Spirit of Newfoundland takes you back to the beginning of 1914 with the King’s call to duty.
Tickets for the opening night, Wednesday, March 16th, and for Thursday March 17th are on sale now. Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day at “Where Once They Stood.” Book your seat or table by calling the CLB Armoury at 722-1737
November 14 – Memorial University’s WW100 commemoration program presented, “Before Beaumont Hamel there was Gallipoli” – a symposium on the Gallipoli campaign from Newfoundland and Turkish perspectives. The Turkish Embassy in Ottawa arranged for Dr. Kahraman Şakul, Istanbul Şehir University, Republic of Turkey to give the keynote address. National and local authorities discussed the reasons behind the campaign and the conditions experienced by all combatants.
November 11 – The Great War Living History Committee participated in Clarenville’s November 11th Memorial Service. Their collection of artifacts & reproduction items concerning the First World War were on display at Royal Canadian Legion Br. #27 following the service. Visit www.nfldww1.com for details.
November 10 – Memorial University’s annual Ceremony of Remembrance. This year the ceremony featured a Gallipoli theme with the Ambassador from the Turkish Embassy in Ottawa laying a wreath, as well as Turkish and NL students reading soldiers’ letters to home.
November 9 – A symposium on Newfoundland’s many medical military contributions: A reflection on Dr. Cluny Macpherson, proud Newfoundland medical doctor, and his invention of the gas mask. Several distinguished speakers and historians, beginning with renowned military historian Andrew Robertshaw from the U.K., provided glimpses into the life of Dr. Macpherson and the First World War, along with a look at Newfoundland’s and Memorial University’s medical graduates’ contributions in the Canadian Armed Forces today. An original Cluny Macpherson gas mask was unveiled and put on permanent display in the Faculty of Medicine.
November 7 – Newman Sound Men’s Choir and the Conception Bay South Concert Band presented ‘Remember’ – a concert featuring First and Second World War era music and songs at Cochrane Street United Church.
November 6 – ‘For King and Country’ – Presented in partnership with the Town of Carbonear and the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 23, Carbonear. A Musical Theatre play of some of the pivotal, true events of the First World War, as told in story and song by two soldiers of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment (one a boy soldier), a sailor of the Royal Navy, a Merchant Marine, a member of the Newfoundland Forestry Unit and a VAD Nurse, who are waiting in London for the Victory Parade after the War is over. Written and directed by local Military Historian Leslie Forward, this show will return to the Princess Sheila NaGeira theatre on June 2, 2016 for one night only.
September 20 – This date marked 100 years since the then Newfoundland Regiment landed at Kangaroo Beach, Suvla Bay, Gallipoli.
August 22 – A First World War presentation at Hawthorne Cottage National Historic Site of Canada took place. Four Parks Canada interpreters in full FWW military dress performed a presentation, answering questions about soldiers of the time.
August 8 – 8:00pm – Signal Hill NHS will be presented a special Signal Hill Tattoo First World War Commemorative sunset show, featuring the Tattoo and their newly re-mustered presentation, the CLB Band, a contingent from the Halifax Citadel, theatrical readings from soldiers of the period and from the letters of Frances Cluett of the Voluntary Aid Detachment.
July 22 – 11:00am – ‘Deep Sea Schooners and Newfoundland’s Sailors,’ a First World War exhibit, was officially opened by His Honour, Lieutenant Governor Frank Fagan at the Railway Coastal Museum.
Throughout June and July – The Great War Living History Committee made appearances to provide some basic First World War interpretation. Some Great War items were on display and there were also two volunteer interpreters in Royal Newfoundland Regiment uniforms.
May 9th & 10th – Parks Canada along with For King & Empire partnered with the Great War Living History Committee to make use of a replica First World War trench at the Discovery Shooting Club in Elliston. The purpose was to film interpreters depicting the Royal Newfoundland Regiment going about tasks in a front line trench. Parks Canada also provided some interpretation for local youth organizations on the second day once the filming was complete.
October 2 – Commemorating the WPA – On October 2nd Her Honour unveiled a plaque commemorating the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Patriotic Association of the Women of Newfoundland. The unveiling was followed by a public performance of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment Band on the Grounds of Government House.
October 5 – Recreation of the March to the Florizel – Marchers, including relatives of The First 500, retraced the original route of the First 500 (Blue Puttees) from Quidi Vidi Lake onto: King’s Bridge Rd; Circular Rd; Bannerman St; Military Rd; Prescott St; ending at the Harbour front. A special ceremony told the story of this historic day through song, theatrical performances, and more.
November 10 – For the Boys and Girls Who Went Over – a Community Concert in Carbonear honoured all those who served in armed conflict and those who currently serve in the armed services. The Royal Canadian Legion hosted this evening of celebration and honour in music, song, readings and dance. A full Color Party marched the Colors on stage, led by a Piper to begin the evening and President Mike Butt led the audience in the customary way, beginning with O Canada and ending with the Deposition of the Colors prior to the beginning of the show.
November 12 – Wessex Public Lecture – The Honorable Edward Roberts, Wessex Patron and the former Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador, presented ‘Frost: A Blue Puttee’ at Hampton Hall, Marine Institute.
November 29 – Memories of the Great War Stage Production – Royal Canadian Legion Stephenville – A presentation of Stephenville Cultural Destination and 2nd Stage Players: A veteran of the Great War reflects on his experiences in the trenches and the conflicting thoughts and emotions that go through the minds of the fighting men on both sides. The soldiers all realize that war is complex, terrifying and life-changing, so different from the ideas of war that are promoted by governments and recruiting efforts.
December 10 – Wessex Public Lecture – A presentation and music by the CLB Band, ‘The Role of the CLB Band in World War I’ at Hampton Hall, Marine Institute, Ridge Road.