The Western Front Today - 29th Division Monument, Beaumont-Hamel

The monument to the 29th Division is situated at the entrance to the Newfoundland Beaumont-Hamel Memorial Park.  For the 29th Division the Somme Offensive was to be their first major campaign on the Western Front, having already fought in Gallipoli.

On the opening day of the battle, 1 July 1916, some units of the 29th Division managed to reach Beaumont-Hamel village.  It was not seized however until 13 November, by the 51st (Highland) Division.

Before Endeavours Fade, Rose E.B. Coombs, After the Battle 1994
Major & Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide - Somme, Leo Cooper 2000

An 'Old Sweat' was slang to denote an experienced soldier.

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