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Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial

Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial opened in June 1925 as an homage to members of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment that served alongside the British Army in World War 1. It is one of only two Canadian historical sites that exists outside of Canada (the other is in France, too).Visitors enter the memorial through the main gate and are immediately met by a large dedication stone with a bronze cast statue and an engraved quote by John Oxenham. The somber reminder sets the tone for what many describe as a truly unique experience. A large triangular stone reminiscent of the 29th Division’s badge recognizes the men who lost their lives at the hands of the Germans and five Caribou statues mark an important place in the battle or serve as a tribute to fallen soldiers. The memorial park is also home to three cemeteries: Hawthorn Ridge, Hunter’s and Y Ravine.More

Thiepval Memorial

The largest Commonwealth memorial to the missing in the world, Thiepval commemorates the 72,195 missing or unidentified British and South African men who died in the Battles of the Somme between 1915 and 1918. This soaring memorial arch, among the most important World War I sites in the Somme, is a must-see for enthusiasts of WWI history.More

Lochnagar Crater

The only remaining mine crater from World War I that is open to the public, the massive Lochnagar Crater was created by a British underground detonation at precisely 7:28am on July 1st, 1916—kicking off the now-infamous Battle of the Somme. Visit this immense hole to get a feel for the scale of the destruction during this bloody battle.More

Somme 1916 Museum (Musée Somme 1916)

The Battle of the Somme, fought over five months during 1916, was one of the bloodiest battles of World War I. The Somme 1916 Museum (Musée Somme 1916), set in medieval tunnels in the French town of Albert, includes a re-creation of the trenches and a first aid post, as well as photos, memorabilia, videos, and posed models.More


For history buffs interested in World War I and Australia’s role in the conflict, Villers-Bretonneux is a must. Home to the Australian National Memorial and the Franco-Australian Museum, this town in France’s Somme is an important stop on the Australian Remembrance Trail of the Western Front.More

Museum of the Great War (Historial de la Grande Guerre)

In the heart of the Somme battlefields stands Château de Péronne, a historic castle that now houses the Museum of the Great War, or Historial de la Grande Guerre. Dedicated to World War I, this museum focuses on its history and effects, offering one of the most comprehensive overviews of this devastating conflict in the world.More

Delville Wood Cemetery

One of the largest World War I cemeteries in the Somme, Delville Wood Cemetery is home to more than 5,000 graves of Commonwealth soldiers who died here in 1916. The vast and moving site is an important stop on Somme battlefields itineraries and includes marked and unmarked graves and a memorial designed by British architect Sir Herbert Baker.More

Ulster Tower

Also known as Helen’s Tower, Ulster Tower is a memorial dedicated to the Irishmen who lost their lives on the Somme battlefields in France in World War I. Built in 1921 thanks to funds collected by public subscription, Ulster Tower is an exact replica of the famous white-washed, 70 feet (21 metres) high stone memorial on the 36th Division's training ground in Belfast, where many soldiers of the Ulster Division trained before moving to France in order to attack a German strongpoint named Schwaben Redoubt, just a little further north-east of where Ulster Tower stands today. The battle site was a triangle of trenches of 500–600 yards (460–550 meters) long and 200 yards (180 meters) wide; the Ulster men captured the redoubt on July 1, 1916, suffering casualties of roughly 5,000.Designed in neo-Gothic style, the memorial site features a plaque commemorating the names of the men who won the Victoria Cross during the Somme battles. Ulster Tower contains a small memorial room, with plaques of remembrance from regiments and public authorities in Northern Ireland as well as a Book of Remembrance for visitors to sign. A visitor center opened next to the Tower in the 1990s, providing insightful and contextual information to World War I buffs.The inscription on the memorial reads: "This Memorial is Dedicated to the Men and Women of the Orange Institution Worldwide, who at the call of King and country, left all that was dear to them, endured hardness, faced danger, and finally passed out of the sight of man by the path of duty and self-sacrifice, giving up their own lives that others might live in Freedom. Let those who come after see to it that their names be not forgotten."More


Pozieres is a small village in rural France that was the setting of a two-week confrontation during the Battles of Somme of World War I. It is where, between March and April 1918, the German Fifth Army was driven further out into the fields of Somme by overwhelmingly large numbers of British corps that were on a mission to compromise the nearby German bastion of Thiepval. Although it technically involved the British Empire, Pozières is really an Australian battle - seeing as it involved over 23,000 corps and that the Australian flag flies over several buildings in recognition of the sacrifice of the ANZACs – even though the cemetery does not bare any Australian names; instead, Australian soldiers who fell in France and whose graves are not known are commemorated at the National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux.There are 2,758 Commonwealth servicemen buried or commemorated in the Pozières cemetery. As such, the memorial and cemetery comprise a stunning gateway building with open colonnade walkways, making way to the remains of a blockhouse named "Gibraltar" which was a three-meter-high blockhouse-observation point. It also contains the Tank Memorial, with four small-scale models of the tanks used by the British between 1916 and 1918 – the first army to use tanks.More

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