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1916: Beaumont Hamel and Beyond

Jun 17–18, 2016

The Newfoundland Historical Society is a sponsor of Memorial University’s symposium on the First World War.

Symposium Program

LOCATION: All the symposium sessions will be held in the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation (former Inco Innovation Centre; former TSC) in the Innovation Hall auditorium, St. John’s campus, Memorial University.

Registration is free of charge but organizers ask you to register so they have an idea of the numbers coming for coffee breaks and such. Please email

As part of the university’s WW100 Commemoration Program, Memorial is proud to present the symposium 1916: Beaumont Hamel and Beyond. A highlight will be the screening of a new full-length documentary, Newfoundland at Armageddon on the Friday night, June 17. For this production, direct descendants of the men who fought in Beaumont Hamel and the women who served as nurses and ambulance drivers were recruited and trained to recreate the 22-minute battle. The film also focuses on the role that women played in the war effort on the home front. A Quebec/Newfoundland and Labrador co-production, the film is directed by Brian McKenna, written by Michael Crummey, produced by Arnie Gelbart, GalaFilm (Montreal) and Barbara Doran, Morag Loves Company (St. John’s) and is narrated by Alan Doyle. The screening takes place Friday, June 17, from 7-9:30 p.m. in Innovation Hall, Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, on the St. John’s campus.

On June 18, the symposium continues with a day-long program offered in partnership with the Royal Newfoundland Regimental Advisory Council and the Newfoundland Historic Society. Participants will follow the Newfoundland Regiment from Gallipoli to Beaumont Hamel and will receive a virtual tour of the battlefield. The symposium will also explore other major events of the First World War, including the Battles of the Somme, Verdun and Jutland.

The symposium is dedicated to the memory of local historian Dr. W. David Parsons.

The symposium runs from 9:30 a.m.-3:10 p.m., at Innovation Hall, Bruneau Centre. Admission is free of charge; however, registration is required by emailing Parking is available in areas 1A and 18. For more information, please visit

Media are welcome to attend the symposium; please note, media are not permitted to record video or audio during the screening of the film.

For more information, please contact David Sorensen, communications, Memorial University, (709) 864-2143, cell (709) 685-7134,


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