The Great War Living History Committee is a nonprofit historical display and living history group focusing on Newfoundland in the First World War (i.e. Great War). Our interpreters wear reproduction Royal Newfoundland Regiment uniforms/gear to recreate the appearance of Newfoundland soldiers duirng the war years. The goal is to honour those who served during that conflict and present history in an interesting manner.


The committee is based in Elliston on the tip of Newfoundland's Bonavista Peninsula and provides interpretative services at venues throughout the peninsula and sometimes beyond. To date, we have visited the following communities: Bonavista, Clarenville, Elliston, Little Heart’s Ease, Paradise, Port Blandford, St. John’s, and Trinity Bay North. In addition to communities we have worked with historical societies, Parks Canada, Royal Canadian Legion and schools.


Our efforts focus on the following:

  • Remembrance Ceremonies - We participate in Remembrance Services each July 1st, November 11th and have participated in school based events. Interpreters in period uniform (including authentic “Blue Puttees” since late 2017) march in parades, lay wreaths and stand vigil at cenotaphs to represent those that are no longer with us.

  • Exhibitions - We make history come alive through the material culture associated with Newfoundland's involvement in the Great War. Our travelling Great War Interpretive Exhibit is comprised of authentic artifacts, including a few from Beaumont Hamel, intermixed with reproduction items. Unlike many exhibits, we encourage people to pick up an object to have a closer look. Please note all our items are made safe for public display.

  • Demonstrations - At suitable locations we can demonstrate some First World War tactics and training exercises.

Here is a brief video outlining our interpretation services that are provided 100% free of charge.





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