At the base of the rocks on which the Caribou Monument is located 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.
The caribou looks out over the remains of the trenches the Newfoundlanders fought from, and faces in the direction of their advance.
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.
The memorial was designed by the English sculptor Basil Gotto.