Newfoundland and Labrador In The First World War

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The Royal Newfoundland Regiment Band


In 1956 the Loyal Orange Band in Topsail, Newfoundland, under the baton of the late Edgar Adams, was asked to serve as the official band of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment. In 1962 the 166th Heavy Field Regiment Band, under the baton of the late Peter Stapleton, amalgamated with the Royal Newfoundland Regiment Band, and the band relocated from Buckmaster's Field to its present home in Canadian Forces Station, St. John's.

The Royal Newfoundland Regiment Band is presently the only military band in the province. Although a Canadian Forces Reserve Unit, the band has remained active over the years and has performed at numerous military and civilian functions. These include routine tasks, such as Mess Dinners, Change of Command Parades and Annual Inspections. Other performances, though, stand out as testimony to the band's colourful history: The Trooping of the Colours for the Queen Mother in 1966, the visit of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in 1978; the Presentation of New Colours to the Regiment by Prince Charles in 1983; Pope John Paul II's visit to St. John's in 1984; Freedom of the City Parades in Corner Brook and Grand Falls; visits by Governors General Léger, Schreyer and Sauvé; the state visit by King Beaudouin of Belgium.

For additional information regarding the recording please contact:

Royal Newfoundland Regiment Band
1st Battalion
Royal Newfoundland Regiment
P.O. Box 2028
St. John's, Newfoundland
A1C 6B5
(709) 570-4555

Recorded by the CBC at Holy Heart of Mary auditorium on April 16-17, 1994.

2Lt. John P. Powell
C.W.O. Jack Murphy, CD
M/Cpl. Neil Hefford, CD
Pte. Lisa Kirby
Pte. Daphne Short
M/Cpl. Chuck Furlong CD
Cpl. Shelley Barrett
Cpl. Jay Griffin
Cpl. Dave Connolly
Sgt. Kevin Corbett, CD
Sgt. John Nolan, CD
Cpl. Denise E. Butt
Cpl. Anthony C. McAllister
Pte. Scott Downey
Pte. Jennifer Colford
W.O. Bob Stapleton, CD
M/Cpl. Derek B. MacDonald
M/Cpl Harold Pye, CD
Cpl. Byron Cooper
Pte. Randy Hale
Sgt. Max Baldwin, CD
Sgt. Brian Heam, CD
Pte. Randy Hale
Sgt. Robert Corbett, CD
M/Cpl. Tim Keels
Cpl. Douglas Ballam
W.O. Gerald Corbett, CD
Cpl. Susan Wilson
Pte. Trevor Baldwin
Pte. Jodie Martin
Pte. David Brown

Tickle Harbour: Battery Included

Battery Included was released in 1998. All tracks are presented here with the permission of Tickle Harbour. Music and liner notes © 1998, Tickle Harbour, all rights reserved, unauthorized duplication prohibited.

The music and its history:

On Saturday, July 1, 1916, at 7:30 a.m., the First Newfoundland Regiment, part of the 29th British Division, was virtually annihilated at Beaumont Hamel. In less than 30 minutes, as they advanced into point-blank fire from enemy machine guns, the men were cut down. Of the 801 who went into battle, only 68 were able to answer the roll call the next day. The tragic story of the Newfoundlanders who died in wars overseas is personalized in this beautiful song. (Come and I Will Sing You. Eds. G. Lehr & A. Best, Collected from Dorman Ralph) (Song: Traditional)

Produced by Don Walsh
Engineered by Don Walsh. Mixed by Neil Bishop. Recorded, Mixed and Digitally Mastered at Dadyeen Studios, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.
All tracks arranged by Don Walsh except The Banks of Newfoundland arranged by O'Byrne / Walsh.
All tracks traditional except The Reunion written by Don Walsh, Gortnatubrid written by Seamus Creagh and Trippin' Up Samaria written by O'Byrne / Walsh.
All songs registered with SOCAN except Gortnatubrid registered with SOCAN except Gortnatubrid registered with EMRO.

Vonnie Barron–Vocals
Patrick Moran–Fiddle
Fergus O'Byrne–Vocals, Bodhran, Concertina
Gerry Strong–Tin Whistle, Flute
Francesca Swann–Cello, backing vocals
Don Walsh–Guitar,
Additional Musicians: Patrick Boyle–Trumpet (tracks 4,10)
Seamus Creagh–Fiddle (tracks 6)
Jim Fidler–Percussion (track 10)
Rick Hollett–Saxophone (track 4,10)
Paddy Keenan–Uilleann pipes (track 12)
Frank Maher–Accordion (track 1)

William Yetman: Interview

An excerpt from an interview with Mr. William Yetman, Upper Gullies. Interview by: Brenda Rowsell Parsons, March 12, 1981. (3:02) Listen to interview View transcript

Mr. Yetman was among the first five hundred Newfoundland Regiment soldiers to sail overseas aboard the Florizel in October of 1914.

Courtesy of Brenda Rowsell Parsons and the Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA 81-415/C9479), Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL.

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