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Coordinates: 50°35′20″N 2°44′52″E / 50.589°N 2.7478°E / 50.589; 2.7478

Commune of Courcelette

Monument courcelette.JPG
Courcelette Memorial
Location
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Map highlighting the commune of
Administration
Country France
Region Picardie
Department Somme
Arrondissement Péronne
Canton Albert
Intercommunality Pays du Coquelicot
Mayor Xavier Vandendriessche
(2001–2008)
Statistics
Elevation 109–156 m (360–510 ft)
(avg. 150 m/490 ft)
Land area1 4.66 km2 (1.80 sq mi)
Population2 141  (2006)
 - Density 30 /km2 (78 /sq mi)
Miscellaneous
INSEE/Postal code 80216/ 80300
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population sans doubles comptes: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Courcelette is a commune in the Somme department in Picardie in northern France.

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Geography

Courcelette is situated on the D929 and D107 crossroads, some 30 miles (48 km) northeast of Amiens.

History

Courcelette was a major tactical objective in the Battle of Flers-Courcelette during the Somme Offensive of the First World War during which the village was razed to the ground. The village was assigned as the major objective of the Canadian Corps during that battle and they succeeded in capturing the village. Accordingly, the actions and sacrifices of the Canadians are commemorated at the Courcelette Memorial which sit sits just south of the village beside the D929 roadway.

Population

Population history
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
158 180 176 150 142 133 141
Starting in 1962: Population without duplicates

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