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Remembrance timeline

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1916-07-01 First World War On the opening day of the Battle of the Somme in Beaumont-Hamel, France, the Newfoundland Regiment is almost wiped out in less than half an hour of intense German artillery and machine gun fire. Of the some 800 Newfoundlanders who went to battle that day, over 700 were killed, wounded, or missing in action. Since 1917, July 1st has been an official day of remembrance in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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1916-07-05 First World War For his actions on this day, Lieutenant Thomas Wilkinson will be awarded the Victoria Cross.

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1916-07-13 First World War Canadian troops move to the front at Armagh and Sanctuary Woods, France, reinforcing the trench lines and bringing supplies and ammunition forward.

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1916-09-09 First World War For his actions on this day, Corporal Leo Clarke will be awarded the Victoria Cross.

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1916-09-10 First World War Recruits out of Calgary and Winnipeg take over the left of the Canadian line at Pozieres Ridge and are soon attacked by four waves of German infantry. Fifty-five of these young men will not live past their first day in the trenches.

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1916-09-15 First World War The Battle of Flers-Courcelette begins. Canadians see their first offensive action and the first tanks see action during this battle.

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1916-09-16 First World War For his actions on this day, Private John Chipman Kerr will be awarded the Victoria Cross.

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1916-10-01 First World War Canadian troops attempt to capture Regina Trench from German defenders near Courcelette. The assault is repulsed and almost a thousand Canadians are killed in the fighting.

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1916-10-08 First World War For his actions on this day, Piper James C. Richardson will be awarded the Victoria Cross.

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1916-10-08 First World War A second attempt by Canadian troops to remove the Germans from the Regina Trench near Courcelette fails with more than 1,300 casualties.

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