Auchonvillers

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Auchonvillers
Auchonvillers is located in France
Auchonvillers
Auchonvillers
Coordinates: 50°04′53″N 2°37′51″E / 50.0814°N 2.6308°E / 50.0814; 2.6308Coordinates: 50°04′53″N 2°37′51″E / 50.0814°N 2.6308°E / 50.0814; 2.6308
Country France
Region Picardy
Department Somme
Arrondissement Péronne
Canton Albert
Intercommunality Communauté de communes du Pays du Coquelicot
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Guy Reveillon
Area1 5.72 km2 (2.21 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 137
 • Density 24/km2 (62/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 80038 / 80560
Elevation 117–157 m (384–515 ft)
(avg. 158 m or 518 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.

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

Its name seems to come from a old German man's name Alko (hypocoristic for a name starting Alk-), or similar (who invaded with the Franks in the 5th century AD), plus Latin villare ("[land] belonging to a villa, farm").[1]

First World War[edit]

The area was involved in the Battle of the Somme. There is a big war cemetery there. English-speaking troops commonly rendered the place's name as "Ocean Villas".[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Dictionnaire des noms de lieux de France, edited by A Dauzat & Ch. Rostaing, publ. by Larousse in 1963
  2. ^ http://www.firstworldwar.com/today/auchovillerscemetery.htm