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Ovillers-la-Boisselle is located in France
Coordinates: 50°01′56″N 2°41′55″E / 50.0322°N 2.6986°E / 50.0322; 2.6986Coordinates: 50°01′56″N 2°41′55″E / 50.0322°N 2.6986°E / 50.0322; 2.6986
Country France
Region Picardy
Arrondissement Péronne
Canton Albert
Intercommunality Pays du Coquelicot
 • Mayor (2008) Line Wattraint
Area1 9.61 km2 (3.71 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 362
 • Density 38/km2 (98/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 80615 / 80300
Elevation 80–153 m (262–502 ft)
(avg. 115 m or 377 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.

Ovillers-la-Boisselle is a commune in the Somme department in Picardie in northern France.


The commune is situated on the D929 road, some 22 miles (35 km) northeast of Amiens.


Population history
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
312 333 336 390 392 371 362
Starting in 1962: Population without duplicates


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[edit]

  • Ovillers British Military Cemetery.
  • 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 1 July 1916, the first day of the battle when a huge British mine was detonated.
British trench (The Cheshires)
Lochnagar crater from World War I.

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