Project Summary

This site was developed by The Rooms Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador in partnership with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador (Department of Education), as part of the Cultural Connections Strategy. The site was specifically designed for use by students and teachers in Grade 8 Newfoundland and Labrador History and Newfoundland and Labrador Studies 2205.

This site will also resonate with audiences who are interested in the history of Newfoundland and Labrador's involvement in the First World War. The site contains the military files of over 2200 soldiers from the Royal Newfoundland Regiment who served in the First World War, including those of the 1305 young men who died in the conflict. These files are searchable by name or by community and will therefore provide invaluable information for all viewers, but will be of particular interest to those who are conducting either family or community research.

Additionally, this site contains:

In essence, this site not only provides information about this part of Newfoundland and Labrador's history, but is also intended to serve as an act of remembrance for those who gave so willingly to the cause of freedom.

Darryl Fillier
Barbara Bartlett


Contact Information

Every effort has been made to ensure that this site contains accurate information. Any errors or omissions should be reported to: information@therooms.ca

Media Contact: Deanne Fisher
Director of Marketing and Development
deannefisher@therooms.ca

Acknowledgements

The contributions by the following families and organizations is gratefully acknowledged:

The Royal Newfoundland Regiment Museum
The Canadian War Museum
The Imperial War Museum
The Bell Island Heritage Society
The Angel Family
The Estate of Judge Rupert Bartlett
The Family of Edmond Moss
The Stacey Family

Additionally, the contributions of the following individuals are gratefully acknowledged:

The Rooms Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador

Finance and General Operations: Vicky Lewis, Jason Hynes, Donna Vey
Marketing and Development: Deanne Fisher
Provincial Archives Division: Greg Walsh, Manfred Buchheit, Jessie Chisholm, Sandra Ronayne, Craig Tucker, Melanie Tucker
Provincial Museum Division: Penny Houlden, Anne Chafe, Ann Devlin, Mark Ferguson, Bernard Ransom, Blair Withycombe

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador (Department of Education)

Primary/Elementary/Secondary Branch: Eldred Barnes

Development Team

Project Management
Darryl Fillier
Barbara Bartlett

Senior Researcher
John Garland

Researcher
Derek Matthews

Graphic Designer
Adam Freake

Programmer
Scott Martin

3D Artifact Animation*
Scott Martin

* The 3D interface developed for this project is freely
available for non-commercial use by organizations with
a cultural or educational mandate. The complete code
and directions for use are available here (3.1 MB .zip)

Expert Review
Dr. David Facey-Crowther
Dr. Mike O'Brien
Dr. Bernard Ransom

Writing and Editorial
Elizabeth Siegel
Barbara Bartlett
Darryl Fillier
John Garland
Kevin Giles
Derek Matthews
Jennifer Morgan

Media Production

Darryl Fillier
Margaret Angel
David Baltzer
Barbara Bartlett
Becky Forsey
Adam Freake
John Garland
Scott Martin
Tonya Power
Ashley Roche
Eric Walsh
 

Media Credits

Moving Images
All moving images used on this site have been provided by The Rooms Provincial Archives or the Imperial War Museum.

Part 3 - Daily Life
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Dr. Cluny Macpherson in Egypt
The Rooms Provincial Archives A 24-155

Trenches
MAIN IMAGE
Soldiers occupying trenches
Memorial University of Newfoundland Archives and Special Collections Division

Medical
MAIN IMAGE
Wounded Soldier July 1, 1916
Newfoundland Regiment Museum

Accommodations
MAIN IMAGE
Newfoundland Regiment - Aldershot, group portrait and signal section
The Rooms Provincial Archives B 3-92b

Food
MAIN IMAGE
Daily Rations
Memorial University of Newfoundland Archives and Special Collections Division

Training
MAIN IMAGE
The Rooms Provincial Archives E22-42

Medal Images

Images of medals used in the Commendations page of this site are courtesy of:

The Rooms Provincial Archives

Croix de Guerre (Belgium)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Meritorious Service Medal

The Royal Newfoundland Regiment Museum

Military Medal

Distinguished Service Order

Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George

Croix de Guerre (French)

Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Order of the British Empire (Officer)

Royal Victorian Medal

Canadian War Museum

Victoria Cross

Medal set

20020208-001-Tilston Memorial collection of Canadian Military Medals

© Canadian War Museum (CWM)

Museum of the Francs Arquebusiers of Vise

Chevalier de l’Ordre de Léopold II

World War 1 Document Archive (www.gwpda.org)

Bronze Medal for Military Valour - Italian/ Medaglia Al Valore Militare di Bronzo

The Estate of Judge Rupert Bartlett

Military Cross

Order of the Crown of Italy - Knight / Ordine della Corona d'Italia - Cavaliere

Order of the British Empire (Member- female)

Banner Credits - Part 1 L-R

Ist Newfoundland Regiment Call for Recruits
Ist Nfld. Regiment: Call for Recruits, 30 Nov 1914
The Rooms Provincial Archives, Special items collection MG956

William Ford Coaker
The Rooms Provincial Archives VA 82-2.1

Fishing image
The Rooms Provincial Archives VA 14-199/G.Anderson

Caribou
Courtesy Darryl Fillier

Soldiers Pulling Gun Carriage
The Rooms Provincial Archives E48-54

Nurse
Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage Web Project
Newfoundland and the Great War
PANL P7-B1

Banner Credits - Part 2 L-R
Shell Exploding Behind Barbed Wire, Beaumont Hamel, France, July 1916
The Rooms Provincial Archives B2-41

Sergeant Thomas Ricketts, V.C.
The Rooms Provincial Archives D-1 courtesy of Mrs. Edna Ricketts

Victoria Cross
Medal Set 20020208-001 Tilston Memorial Collection of Canadian Military Medals
© Canadian War Museum (CWM)

Drawing of a Lewis Gun
The Rooms Provincial Museum

Caribou
Courtesy Darryl Fillier

Soldiers Eating
Memorial University of Newfoundland Archives and Special Collections Division

Willis Spurrell Pay Book
The Rooms Provincial Museum #985.35.5

Banner Credits - Part 3 L-R
Soldiers of the Newfoundland Regiment marching through Berneville, France
The Rooms Provincial Archives B 5-190

Postcard: A Safe Return
The Rooms Provincial Museum

Gas Mask
The Rooms Provincial Museum

Caribou
Courtesy Darryl Fillier

Sewing in Trenches
Memorial University of Newfoundland Archives and Special Collections Division

Cpl. Arthur Jesseau
The Rooms Provincial Archives A 11-140

Banner Credits - Part 4 L-R
Colonial Building
Memorial University of Newfoundland Archives and Special Collections Division, Coll. 137, 2.04.001

Honourable F.C. Alderdice
The Rooms Provincial Archives A23-101

War Cemetery
The Rooms Provincial Archives A59-56

Caribou
Courtesy Darryl Fillier

Dedication of National War Memorial, St. John's, 1 July 1924
The Rooms Provincial Archives E 47-40

Opening of Newfoundland Memorial Park, Beaumont-Hamel, France, 7 June 1925
The Rooms Provincial Archives NA3106