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In the centre of Monchy-le-Preux, a proud bronze caribou stares off into the horizon. It is one of the five commemorative sites in Europe dedicated to Newfoundland soldiers who fought in the First World War. The same caribou can also be found in Masnières in the North, in Beaumont-Hamel and Gueudecourt in the Somme, and in Courtrai, Belgium Monchy-le-Preux.
In Souchez, the Cabaret Rouge British Cemetery regroups 7,665 graves of Commonwealth soldiers who fell during the Great War. It is from this cemetery that the body of the «unknown Canadian soldier» was exhumed on May 25, 2000, who now lies in front of Canada’s National War Memorial in Ottawa’s Confederation Square. (For more information, check Shelley Cameron McCarron’s journal).
Canadian soldiers discovered an almost lunar landscape at the foot of Vimy Ridge when they prepared to launch the assault on the German positions in April 1917. The mine craters and shell holes still today bear witness to the battles held in the area, including the French offensive in May 1915, and the German attack the following year, when the British army came in to relieve the French. (For more information, check Shelley Cameron McCarron’s journal).