RCN Re­mem­bers First New­found­land Ca­su­al­ties of the Great War

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A solemn cer­e­mony com­mem­o­rat­ing the 100th an­niver­sary of the loss of three Royal Navy ships and fifty-seven Royal Naval Re­servists from New­found­land dur­ing the First World War was held on Jan­uary 13 at Bowring Park in St. John’s. In at­ten­dance was the Hon­or­able Peter MacKay, Min­is­ter of Jus­tice, who laid a wreath at the Cari­bou Me­mo­rial.

The three Royal Navy ships lost in the win­ter of 1915 were: HMS Vi­knor, sunk Jan­uary 13; HMS Clan McNaughton, sunk Fe­bru­ary 3; and HMS Bayano, sunk March 11.

Vi­knor and Clan McNaughton are thought to have been sunk due to ei­ther heavy weather or mine strikes, and Bayano was tor­pe­doed by the Ger­man U-27 off the coast of Ire­land.

The fifty-seven Royal Naval Re­servists from New­found­land are com­mem­o­rated on a me­mo­rial at Beau­mont Hamel, France, as well as the Cari­bou Me­mo­rial in Bowring Park, St. John’s.

New­found­land was the first colony where a naval re­serve was for­mally es­tab­lished in 1902. The num­ber of in­shore and deep sea fish­er­men in New­found­land and Labrador was seen as a rich source for po­ten­tial re­cruits.

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