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

Longueval
South African Commemorative Museum
South African Commemorative Museum
Location of Longueval
Longueval is located in France
Longueval
Longueval
Longueval is located in Hauts-de-France
Longueval
Longueval
Coordinates: 50°01′34″N 2°48′15″E / 50.0261°N 2.8042°E / 50.0261; 2.8042Coordinates: 50°01′34″N 2°48′15″E / 50.0261°N 2.8042°E / 50.0261; 2.8042
CountryFrance
RegionHauts-de-France
DepartmentSomme
ArrondissementPéronne
CantonPéronne
IntercommunalityHaute Somme
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Jean Blondel
Area
1
8.53 km2 (3.29 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
285
 • Density33/km2 (87/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
80490 /80360
Elevation123–157 m (404–515 ft)
(avg. 150 m or 490 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

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GeographyEdit

Longueval is located 38 km (24 mi) northwest of Amiens on the D919 road, at the junction with the D8. Longueval is found in the north-east of the département, almost equidistant to the surrounding towns of Péronne (to the east), Albert (west) and Bapaume (north).

PopulationEdit

Population history
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
301 307 267 278 237 248 271
Starting in 1962: Population without duplicates

HeraldryEdit

The coat of arms of the community were derived from the House of Longueval, Counts of Buquoy (later Bucquoy),[2] and are blazoned as:

Barry of six pieces vair and gules.



HistoryEdit

 
The main street in 1916

The village was almost completely destroyed during World War I.

World War I sitesEdit

Caterpillar Valley Cemetery is located outside Longueval, on the road to Bazentin.[3]. There cemetery also contains a Memorial to the Missing from New Zealand, recording the names of 1272 men lost in 1916.[4] The body for the New Zealand Tomb of the Unknown Warrior was taken from here.

South of Longueval is the Longueval Road Cemetery. In the centre of the village is the Pipers' Memorial, built to commemorate bagpipers who fought in the First World War. Longueval was chosen because it was retaken by the 9th (Scottish) Division in July 1916. To the east of the village is the South African War Memorial Delville Wood.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ Armorial universel: précédé d'un traité complet de la science du ..., Volume 2; By Joseph Louis Edouard Jouffroy d'Eschavannes, page 274.
  3. ^ Caterpillar Valley Cemetery at CWGC website
  4. ^ McGibbon, Ian (2001). New Zealand Battlefields and Memorials of the Western Front. Auckland: Oxford University Press. pp. 58, 83.

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