Pozières

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Pozières
Pozières is located in France
Pozières
Pozières
Coordinates: 50°02′29″N 2°43′25″E / 50.0414°N 2.7236°E / 50.0414; 2.7236Coordinates: 50°02′29″N 2°43′25″E / 50.0414°N 2.7236°E / 50.0414; 2.7236
Country France
Region Picardy
Department Somme
Arrondissement Péronne
Canton Albert
Intercommunality Pays du Coquelicot
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Bernard Delattre
Area1 3.24 km2 (1.25 sq mi)
Population (2005)2 238
 • Density 73/km2 (190/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 80640 / 80300
Elevation 115–161 m (377–528 ft)
(avg. 163 m or 535 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.

Pozières is a commune in the Somme department in Picardie in northern France.

Geography[edit]

The commune is situated on the D929 road, some 21 miles (34 km) northeast of Amiens between Albert and Bapaume, on the Pozières ridge.

Population[edit]

Population history
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
278 281 254 279 276 244 238
Starting in 1962: Population without duplicates

History[edit]

”Gibraltar" bunker at the western end of Pozières, 28 August 1916, during the Battle of the Somme

The village was completely destroyed in World War I during what became the Battle of Pozières (23 July–7 August 1916), which was part of the Battle of the Somme. The village was subsequently rebuilt, and is now the site of several war memorials. The Australian flag flies over Pozières in recognition of the sacrifice of the ANZACs in the Battle of Pozières. Amongst the British and other Commonwealth forces who fought at Pozières, the Australians suffered over 5,000 killed, wounded or taken prisoner.

One of those killed, on 5 August, was the English composer George Butterworth, and in 2008[citation needed] the road between the town and Martinpuich was renamed Chemin George Butterworth (George Butterworth Lane); 50°02′28″N 2°43′59″E / 50.041172°N 2.733112°E / 50.041172; 2.733112).[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Le chemin George Sainton Kaye Butterworth Lane". Images-en-somme.fr. Retrieved 2011-10-15. 

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