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Coordinates: 50°05′02″N 2°39′26″E / 50.084°N 2.6572°E / 50.084; 2.6572

Commune of Beaumont-Hamel

Location
Paris plan pointer b jms.svg
Map highlighting the commune of
Administration
Country France
Region Picardie
Department Somme
Arrondissement Péronne
Canton Albert
Intercommunality Communauté de communes du Pays du Coquelicot
Mayor Bernard Omiel
(2001–2008)
Statistics
Elevation 70–148 m (230–490 ft)
(avg. 75 m/250 ft)
Land area1 8.31 km2 (3.21 sq mi)
Miscellaneous
INSEE/Postal code 80069/ 80300
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Beaumont-Hamel is a commune in the Somme department in Picardie in northern France.

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Population

Population history
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
251 262 215 221 214 218 184
Starting in 1962: Population without duplicates

Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial

Caribou memorial overlooking the ground across which the regiment advanced

The Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial is a memorial site dedicated to the commemoration of Dominion of Newfoundland forces members who were killed during World War I. The site is situated 9 kilometres north of Albert, France near the town of Beaumont-Hamel in an area containing numerous cemeteries and memorials related to the Battle of the Somme. The preserved battlefield park encompasses the grounds over which the Newfoundland Regiment made their unsuccessful attack on 1 July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. The Battle of the Somme was the regiment's first major engagement and during an assault that lasted approximately 30 minutes was all but wiped out. Purchased by the people of Newfoundland, the site is the largest battalion memorial on the Western Front and the largest area of the Somme battlefield that has been preserved. Along with preserved trench lines, there are a number of memorials and cemeteries contained within the site.

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Source material

Up to date as of January 22, 2010

From Wikisource

War, The Liberator, and Other Pieces by Ewart Alan Mackintosh
Beaumont-Hamel

Captured, November 16th, 1916

       1

DEAD men at Beaumont
In the mud and rain,
You that were so warm once,
Flesh and blood and brain,
You've made an end of dying,
Hurts and cold and crying,
And all but quiet lying
Easeful after pain.

       2

Dead men at Beaumont,
Do you dream at all
When the leaves of summer
Ripen to their fall ?
Will you walk the heather,
Feel the Northern weather,
Wind and sun together,
Hear the grouse-cock call ?
 
       3

Maybe in the night-time
A shepherd boy will see
Dead men, and ghastly,
Kilted to the knee,
Fresh from new blood-shedding,
With airy footsteps treading,
Hill and field and steading,
Where they used to be.

       4

Nay, not so I see you,
Dead friends of mine ;
But like a dying pibroch
From the battle-line
I hear your laughter ringing,
And the sweet songs you're singing,
And the keen words winging
Across the smoke and wine.

       5

So we still shall see you,
Be it peace or war,
Still in all adventures
You shall go before,
And our children dreaming,
Shall see your bayonets gleaming,
Scotland's warriors streaming
Forward evermore.


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