OTTAWA, Sept. 19, 2015 /CNW/ - Veterans Affairs Canada issued the following statement to mark the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the Newfoundland Regiment in Gallipoli:
On September 20, 1915, more than 1,000 Newfoundlanders landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula. There, in the trenches, under harsh conditions and deadly enemy fire, was their first experience with war.
The Newfoundland Regiment was the only North American unit to take part in the Gallipoli Campaign in the First World War, fighting alongside Allied soldiers from Britain, France, Australia and New Zealand. The 'blue puttees,' as the Newfoundlanders had been nicknamed, went on to distinguish themselves throughout the war effort.
When the decision was made that all Allied forces would be withdrawn from the area, the young Newfoundland Regiment was an integral part of the rearguard, covering the dangerous evacuation of the troops.
The Gallipoli Campaign would be the first of many battles in which the Newfoundland Regiment gained its enduring reputation for bravery, earning it the title "Royal" in 1917.
By the end of the First World War, more than 6,200 men had served in the Royal Newfoundland Regiment. More than 1,300 of those valiant men would ultimately give their lives in the cause of peace and freedom.
Canadians are forever grateful for the selfless deeds of our nation's brave men and women in uniform. During the First World War, our close neighbours in Newfoundland proved themselves to be unwavering in the pursuit of freedom. Now, as part of our proud nation, we celebrate their remarkable achievements and, together, mourn their great sacrifices.
For more information on Newfoundland's role in the Battle of Gallipoli, visit
The Newfoundland Regiment at Gallipoli.
SOURCE Veterans Affairs Canada
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