The village was named from a legend about the Scottish monk, Saint Furcy who came as an evangelist to Picardy. He died during a journey to Péronne, where he had wanted to visit a church that he’d ordered to be built. Several communes claimed his body for burial. After negotiations, it was decided that he would be buried at the place where the oxen (the beef), pulling his funeral cart, decided to stop. They pulled up at Péronne, where St.Furcy became patron Saint. The village where these negotiations took place? First called "Les Boeufs" then "Lesboeufs".
The little village has one feature of interest to outsiders, the Guards cemetery. Some 16 km (9.9 mi) north east of Albert. Occupied by the Germans, it was attacked by 'The Guards' on the 15 September 1916 and captured eight days later. The cemetery, designed by Sir Herbert Baker, holds more than three thousand Allied soldiers from a number of regiments. Wheelchair access is not possible.