Courtrai Newfoundland Memorial
|Canada (formerly Dominion of Newfoundland)|
The Courtrai Newfoundland Memorial
|For the actions of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment during the First World War Battle of Courtrai.|
near Courtrai, Belgium
The Courtrai Memorial is a Dominion of Newfoundland war memorial that commemorates the actions of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment during the 1918 Battle of Courtrai, and the Regiment's actions in the Hundred Days Offensive and the final months of World War I.
The memorial is one of six memorials erected by the Newfoundland government following the First World War. Five were erected in France and Belgium and the sixth at Bowring Park in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. The memorial is a bronze caribou, the emblem of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, standing atop a cairn of Newfoundland granite. The mounds are also surrounded by native Newfoundland plants.
The Courtrai Newfoundland Memorial in Belgium, just outside Courtrai on the road to Ghent, is the only caribou memorial in Belgium. In his rocky eminence, the stag commemorates the Royal Newfoundland Regiment's crossing of the Lys River under British divisional command.
- Busch 2003, p. 151.
- Busch, Briton Cooper (2003). Canada and the Great War: Western Front Association Papers. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press. ISBN 0-7735-2570-X.