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The church of Barastre
The church of Barastre
Coat of arms of Barastre
Coat of arms
Barastre is located in France
Coordinates: 50°04′39″N 2°56′00″E / 50.0775°N 2.9333°E / 50.0775; 2.9333Coordinates: 50°04′39″N 2°56′00″E / 50.0775°N 2.9333°E / 50.0775; 2.9333
Country France
Region Hauts-de-France
Department Pas-de-Calais
Arrondissement Arras
Canton Bapaume
Intercommunality Canton of Bertincourt
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Gislain Boury
Area1 7.64 km2 (2.95 sq mi)
Population (2009)2 249
 • Density 33/km2 (84/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 62082 /62124
Elevation 113–133 m (371–436 ft)
(avg. 119 m or 390 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.

Barastre is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in the Hauts-de-France region in northern France.


A farming village located 19 miles (30 km) southeast of Arras on the D20 road. The entire commune was destroyed during World War I.


During World War I, the village was occupied by British troops in March 1917, before being lost a year later to the Germans. The village was retaken on September 5 following an advance by the 42nd British division (East Lancashire). Nearly 10 British soldiers are buried in this cemetery (one of whom was buried by the Germans in 1916). In the cemetery extension are the graves of 284 German soldiers, 46 French, 39 British, four New Zealanders and one Australian. The commune was awarded the Croix de guerre in 1920.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 318 —    
1968 334 +5.0%
1975 308 −7.8%
1982 267 −13.3%
1990 223 −16.5%
1999 232 +4.0%
2009 249 +7.3%


  • The ruins of an early castle.
  • The church of St. Martin, dating from the twentieth century.
  • The war memorial.

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