Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Edmond Dunphy

In memory of:

Private Edmond Dunphy

April 14, 1917

Military Service


Service Number:

2967

Age:

17

Force:

Army

Unit:

Royal Newfoundland Regiment

Additional Information


Son of Patrick and Ellen Dunphy, of St. John's, Newfoundland.

Commemorated on Page 38 of the Newfoundland Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

BEAUMONT-HAMEL (NEWFOUNDLAND) MEMORIAL
Somme, France

Grave Reference:

N/A

Location:

The largest of the battlefield parks established in memory of Newfoundlanders who fell in the First World War is Beaumont Hamel, nine kilometres directly north of the town of Albert. In BEAUMONT HAMEL MEMORIAL PARK, which was officially opened by Earl Haig on June 7, 1925, the monument of the great bronze caribou, emblem of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, stands on the highest point overlooking St John's Road and the slopes beyond. At the base of the statue three tablets of bronze carry the names of over 800 members of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, the Newfoundland Royal Naval Reserve, and the Mercantile Marine who gave their lives in the First World War and have no known grave. In the lodge, which houses the reception room for visitors to the Park, a bronze plaque, unveiled in 1961 by the Hon. Joseph Smallwood, Premier of Newfoundland, lists the Battle Honours won by the Royal Newfoundland Regiment and pays tribute to its fallen. The park is one of the few in France or Belgium where the visitor can see a Great War battlefield much as it was. The actual trenches are still there and something of the terrible problem of advancing over such country can be appreciated by the visitor. On the first day of the Battle of the Somme, no unit suffered heavier losses than the Newfoundland Regiment, which had gone into action 801 strong. When the roll call of the unwounded was taken next day, only 68 answered their names. The final figures that revealed the virtual annihilation of the Battalion gave a grim count of 233 killed or dead of wounds, 386 wounded, and 91 missing. Every officer who went forward in the Newfoundland attack was either killed or wounded.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of EDMOND DUNPHY– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of EDMOND DUNPHY– In memory of the men and women from Newfoundland who went away to war and did not come home. From the Newfoundland Legion magazine “Lest We Forget”. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Edmond Dunphy– Edmond Dunphy; Son of Patrick and Ellen Dunphy of St. John's, Newfoundland
  • Hat– A hat typical of those worn by the Royal Newfoundland Regiment.
  • Camp– his picture depicts a camp like the ones seen in Camp Pleasantville in St.
John's around the time of enlisting.
  • Inscription on Beaumont-Hamel Memorial

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