Fall of the Caribou


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On July 1, 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 814 members of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment marched across a narrow strip of no- mans land straight into German machine-gun fire. In less than 30 minutes, the regiment was all but wiped out.

In recognition of the sacrifice the Newfoundlanders made, British sculptor Basil Gotto fashioned a caribou – the regiment’s emblem – from bronze, installing it atop a 50-foot mound of Newfoundland granite, where it stares defiantly out at enemy trenches at Beaumont-Hamel in France.

From Lorimer’s notes: “My tribute to the Newfoundlanders depicts Basil Gotto’s caribou dripping with blood as the Canadian soldiers fade into no-mans land in the background. Whenever I look at this painting I am reminded of the emotion I felt on that cold rainy day in April staring out across the still barren landscape.”

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One Response to “Fall of the Caribou”

  1. Bobby Hull June 18, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

    Thanks for telling me the story of the Caribou.
    Great painting!

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