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Coordinates: 50°01′56″N 2°41′55″E / 50.0322222222°N 2.69861111111°E / 50.0322222222; 2.69861111111

Commune of Ovillers-la-Boisselle

Location
Administration
CountryFrance
Region Picardie
Department Somme
Arrondissement Péronne
Canton Canton d'Albert
Intercommunality Communauté de communes du Pays du Coquelicot
Mayor M. Gérard Margotin
(2001-2008)
Statistics
Elevation Template:Convert/–
(avg. 115 m/380 ft)
Land area1 9.61 km2 (3.71 sq mi)
Population2 371  (1999)
 - Density 39 /km² (100 /sq mi)
Miscellaneous
INSEE/Postal code 80615/ 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.

Ovillers-la-Boisselle is a commune in the Somme département in the Picardie region of France.

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Geography

Situated on the D929 road, some 22 miles northeast of Amiens.

Population

Population growth
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999
312 333 336 390 392 371
Census count starting from 1962 : Population without double counting

History

The commune consists of the two villages of Ovillers and La Boisselle, which were destroyed during World War I. It was the site of heavy fighting during the 1916 Battle of the Somme, and particularly during the first day on the Somme.

Places of interest

  • The Gordon Dump Cemetery.
  • Lochnagar Crater, testimony to the ravages of the Battle of the Somme is 100 metres in diameter and 30 metres deep. It was created on the 1st July 1916, the first day of the battle.


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