The Great War Living History Committee is a nonprofit historical display and living history group focusing on Newfoundland's and Labrador's participation in the First World War (i.e. Great War). Our primary goal is to honour those who served in that conflict while presenting history in an interesting manner. We have interpreters that wear reproduction Royal Newfoundland Regiment uniforms and equipment circa 1918 with one exception. On some occasions we wear authentic “Blue Puttees” instead of khaki puttees that were always worn in the field. We have worked with the Royal Canadian Legion, Parks Canada, historical societies, community groups, and schools.


We are based in Elliston, Newfoundland (Canada) on the tip of the Bonavista Peninsula and have provided interpretative services at venues throughout our peninsula and sometimes beyond. On the Bonavista Peninsula we have made appearances at: Bonavista, Clarenville, Elliston, King's Cove, Port Blandford, Port Rexton, and Trinity Bay North (Catalina & Little Catalina). Off the peninsula we have visited: Little Heart’s Ease, Paradise, and St. John’s (Signal Hill National Historic Site).


Our efforts focus on the following:

  • Remembrance Ceremonies - We participate in Remembrance Services each July 1st at Clarenville and at Trinity Bay North on November 11th. Additionally, we have participated in various school-based events. Interpreters in period uniform march in parades, lay wreaths and stand vigil at cenotaphs to represent those that are no longer with us.

  • Exhibitions/Presentations - 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 some from Beaumont Hamel, intermixed with reproduction items. We have set up displays at festivals, events and provided presentations on First World War topics using our artifacts as teaching aids at schools. 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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