"I suggest to the Government that they allocate the money for these monuments as soon as possible." Major (later Lieutenant Colonel) Reverend Thomas Nangle
Royal Newfoundland Regiment, to John R. Bennett, Minister of Militia, about the creation of war memorials overseas, St. John’s, October 15th, 1919
Thomas Nangle, a Catholic priest, served spiritual needs at the Front. In 1919, he became Director of Graves, Registration and Enquiries, responsible for identifying and reburying Newfoundland’s dead. He also represented Newfoundland on the Imperial War Graves Commission and Battlefields Exploits Committee, overseeing the creation of European memorials and parks.
"In July poppies predominated . . . the sheet of co- lour as far as the eye could see." Royal Botanic Gardens report on the flora and fauna of the Somme Battlefield, Kew, London, 1917
After the war, souvenirs and commemorative products, such as these stamps, were sold to help raise funds for veterans and their families. November 11th, 1921, was the first “National Poppy Day” in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Great War Veterans Association sold 12,000 Haig Fund poppies that year.