The war cemetery in Thiepval
|Intercommunality||Pays du Coquelicot|
|• Mayor (2001–2008)||Geneviève Potie|
|4.4 km2 (1.7 sq mi)|
|• Density||30/km2 (78/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|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.|
|Starting in 1962: Population without duplicates|
First World WarEdit
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 men who died in the First World War Battle of the Somme and who have no known grave.
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.