The landscaping was designed by St John’s landscape architect R H K Cochius. He set out to evoke the Newfoundland landscape by introducing plant material native to Newfoundland.
Cochius took a different approach to his contemporaries by preserving the field of battle so later generations would be better able to understand what happened at Beaumont Hamel.
There are a number of memorials and cemeteries within Beaumont-Hamel Memorial Park.
Memorial to the Newfoundland Missing
Perhaps the most distinctive is the Caribou Monument at the base of which is the Memorial to the Newfoundland Missing. There are 820 names listed on its three bronze panels: 591 officers and men of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, 114 men of the Newfoundland Royal Naval Reserve and 115 men of the Newfoundland Mercantile Marine who lost their lives during the First World War and have no known grave.
The caribou was chosen because it was the emblem of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment.
There are three other identical caribou memorials in France commemorating other actions of the Newfoundland Regiment. They are at Guedecourt near Cambrai, at Masnières and at Monchy-le-Preux near Arras.
Other memorials and cemeteries in the Beaumont-Hamel Memorial Park
At the entrance to the park is the 29th Division Memorial, and in the park itself is the Memorial to the 51st (Highland) Division.
There are three cemeteries in Beaumont-Hamel Memorial Park. ‘Y’ Ravine Cemetery is in the south east corner of the park, whilst Hawthorn Ridge Cemetery No.2 and Hunter’s Cemetery are in the north of the park.
Beaumont-Hamel Memorial Park is located 8km north of Albert, on the north side of the Hamel to Auchonvillers road.