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The war cemetery in Thiepval
The war cemetery in Thiepval
Thiepval is located in France
Location within Hauts-de-France region
Thiepval is located in Hauts-de-France
Coordinates: 50°03′19″N 2°41′23″E / 50.0553°N 2.6897°E / 50.0553; 2.6897Coordinates: 50°03′19″N 2°41′23″E / 50.0553°N 2.6897°E / 50.0553; 2.6897
Country France
Region Hauts-de-France
Department Somme
Arrondissement Péronne
Canton Albert
Intercommunality Pays du Coquelicot
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Geneviève Potie
Area1 4.4 km2 (1.7 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 101
 • Density 23/km2 (59/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code 80753 /80300
Elevation 70–154 m (230–505 ft)
(avg. 141 m or 463 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Thiepval is a commune in the Somme department in Hauts-de-France in northern France.

Thiepval is located 4.5 miles (7 km) north of Albert at the crossroads of the D73 and D151 and approximately 20 miles (32 km) northeast of Amiens.

Population history
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
111 111 93 105 116 98 101
Starting in 1962: Population without duplicates

First World War[edit]

British infantry from the Wiltshire Regiment attacking near Thiepval, 7 August 1916, during the Battle of the Somme.

The original village was totally destroyed during the First World War. The present Thiepval occupies a location a short distance to the southwest of the former settlement. The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme: a major war memorial to British and Commonwealth (including but not limited to South African) men who died in the First World War Battle of the Somme and who have no known grave.


Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme

This imposing monument of brick and stone stands 45 m high and is visible for several kilometres in every direction. It is the work of the architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. The sixteen pillars are engraved with the names of 73,367 British and Commonwealth soldiers that fell during the Battle of the Somme between July and November 1916 and who have no known grave.

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