Memorial Day – Torbay Remembers
On Memorial Day, Newfoundlanders and Labradorians pause to remember the courage, bravery and sacrifice that was paid by soldiers of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment who fought in Beaumont-Hamel on July 1st 1916.
The Town of Torbay wishes to acknowledge the residents of Torbay who participated in this battle, which was one of the largest allied offensives of the war.
Richard (White) Tilley, Regimental No. 21. Richard’s mother died at childbirth and Richard was subsequently adopted by his aunt who married a Mr. Tilley. He was severely wounded on July 1st, 1916. He was later assigned to special duty as a battalion clerk.
Michael Joseph Tilley, Regimental No. 861. Mother was a Mrs. Whitty who died when Michael was eight years of age and the family later moved to St. John’s. Michael was killed on July 1st 1916 and is buried at Y Ravine Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel.
Thomas Joseph Gosse, Regimental No. 1051 was severely wounded July 1st but recovered to fight in the Battle of Monchy Le Preux and was killed on 14 April 1917. He has no known burial plot but is mentioned on the Beaumont Hamel Memorial.
Alfred Gosse, Regimental No. 1081 was severely wounded on July 1st. and in a later battle received a severe wound to his left leg which led to amputation. He was subsequently discharged 18 January 1918.
On July 1st we will honour them. On July 1st we will remember them.