Elliston opens WWI replica trench

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The Discovery Shooting Club in Elliston opened a replica of a World War One era replica trench to honour those who fought with the Royal Newfoundland Regiment during the Great War. The trench, opened July 1, is located at the rifle range near the town.

The WWI replica trench was opened on July 1 with a shooting demonstration by Daniel Tucker and an official ribbon cutting. At the ceremony were (left to right): Betty Fitzgerald, Mayor of Bonavista; Daniel Tucker; Donald Burt, Mayor of Trinity Bay North; and Donna Chaulk, Elliston Town Clerk.

The 22 foot-long replica is designed to be similar to what would have been used in the war that began in 1914. The club funded the project, with donations from local individuals and organizations. Neal Tucker and his 16 year-old nephew, Daniel, constructed the trench themselves.

They constructed the trench above ground, but the design simulates the feeling of the below ground trenches.

The section of trench is modeled after the most forward part of a trench system, the fire bay.  This is the location from which soldiers launched attacks into No Man’s Land.

The Club hopes to work with groups in the area to organize re-enactments in the future.

The structure is open to the public so they may appreciate the history and remember those who were involved in World War One.

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