|Intercommunality||Communauté de communes du Pays du Coquelicot|
|• Mayor (2001–2008)||Bernard Omiel|
|Area1||8.31 km2 (3.21 sq mi)|
|• Density||23/km2 (59/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|INSEE/Postal code||80069 / 80300|
|Elevation||70–148 m (230–486 ft)
(avg. 75 m or 246 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.
During the First World War, Beaumont-Hamel was close to the front line, near many attacks, especially during the Battle of the Somme, one of the largest Allied offensives of the war. By 1918 the village had been almost totally destroyed; to the west of the village was Hawthorn Ridge Redoubt, one of the sites of the mines exploded on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. On 1 July 1916, nearly 700 men of the Newfoundland Regiment (later to become the Royal Newfoundland Regiment) were killed or injured by the German army when they were ordered "over the top" by their officers. Newfoundland commemorates this event as Memorial Day on 1 July each year.
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