19 students from across the province were chosen to participate in a European tour retracing the steps of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment in World War 1, to coincide with the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Beaumont Hamel. These young historians were chosen to participate in the Ambassador Award Program through the Historic Sites Association of Newfoundland and Labrador’s regional Heritage Fairs for their outstanding projects on a World War 1 topic.

April Foote
Age 13, Menihek High School
Labrador Regional Heritage Fair
"The Royal Newfoundland Regiment in WWI"
My project is on the Royal Newfoundland Regiment in WWI, exploring why and how the regiment was formed, their military training, their time spent fighting in the Battle of the Somme, and the multitude of awards given to the regiment and its soldiers."

Danica Dean
Age 15, Clarenville Middle School
Vista Regional Heritage Fair
"Cluny MacPherson"
"My project is about Newfoundlander Cluny Macpherson, the inventor of the gas mask. It explores his life before, during and after War World I, and includes information on the creation of the gas mask and the benefits for our soldiers and soldiers throughout the world."

Photo Credit: Gary Kean - The Western Star

Jessica Hulan
Age 15, St. Michael's Elementary
Western Regional Heritage Fair
"Generations of Service"
"My project tells the story of my family’s military service throughout history. It details my great grandfather, Private Ralph MacDonald fighting with the Royal Newfoundland Regiment at Beaumont Hamel, as well as my grandfather’s and brother’s time serving in the Regiment."

Ashley Granter
Age 13, Smallwood Academy
Central Regional Heritage Fair
"Brothers At War"
"My project is about two brothers who fought in the Royal Newfoundland Regiment during World War One. Both brothers were members of the Blue Puttees, but they had very different fates, with one being wounded and sent home, and the other killed in action at Monchy."

Maddison Barrow
Age 13, Smallwood Academy
Central Regional Heritage Fair
"Eleazar Saunders WW1 #3442"
"My project is about my great-great grandfather Eleazar Saunders (#3442) who was a veteran of WWI. It covers his enlistment in the war effort, his wounding at the Battle of Passchendaele, his long recovery, and the fulfilling life he led after the war."

Amy White
Age 14, Leary's Brook Junior High
Avalon Regional Heritage Fair
"Not Just a Pair of Grey Socks"
"My project describes the important role Newfoundland women played during the First World War. It covers the establishment of the Women’s Patriotic Association and the work these women accomplished using their “tools” of needles, yarn and determination."

Claire Donnan
Age 12, Cowan Heights Elementary
Avalon Regional Heritage Fair
"Marching as to War: Pleasantville & the First 500"
"My project is about Pleasantville, a training ground in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and its significance in the First World War. It is also about my great-great grandfather, and his importance as the first acting-quartermaster."

Mahiba Khan
Age 14, St. Paul's Junior High
Avalon Regional Heritage Fair
"Les Medicins a Beaumont Hamel"
"My project focused on the medical aspect of World War One and covered topics such as: common illness of soldiers, medical assistance and treatment of soldiers, gas weapons and their effects, medical treatment of prisoners of war, and the effect the war had on soldiers and their families."

Riley Pennell
Age 16, Stella Maris Academy
Avalon Regional Heritage Fair
"Private William Pennell"
"My project explores the story of my relative, William Pennell, who served in the Royal Newfoundland Regiment during the First World War from 1916 to 1918. He was discharged after receiving machine gun fire to his left arm"

Oneisha Felix
Age 15, Ècole Sainte Anne
French School District