Canadian National Vimy Memorial
|Intercommunality||Communaupole de Lens-Liévin|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Robert Mieloch|
|Area1||5.95 km2 (2.30 sq mi)|
|• Density||340/km2 (890/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|INSEE/Postal code||62371 / 62580|
|Elevation||48–148 m (157–486 ft)
(avg. 97 m or 318 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.
Givenchy-en-Gohelle is a large farming village situated 6 miles (9.7 km) north of Arras, at the junction of the D51 and the D55 roads. Its neighboring communes are Souchez to the west, Angres to the northwest, Liévin to the north, Avion to the east and Vimy to the southeast.
The Bois de Givenchy or Givenchy Forest, covers much of the commune on its northern side. To further the agricultural range of products, the commune of Givenchy-en-Gohelle have planted grapes (chardonnay and pinot gris). The first grape harvest took place in 2000.
During the First World War, Givenchy-en-Gohelle was on the front line between German and Allied forces and severely damaged, particularly during the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917. For much of the First World War, the village also was the site of sustained underground fighting between German and British tunneling units.
|From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.|
Places of interest
- The Canadian National Vimy Memorial is the most significant Canadian monument to the members of their Armed Forces who died during the First World War. It is located within the territory of the commune of Givenchy-en-Gohelle, scene of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The memorial is on land that was given to Canada by the French "freely and for all time".
- The church of St. Martin, dating from the seventeenth century.
- The Commonwealth War Graves Commission Canadian memorial and cemeteries.
- AGREEMENT BETWEEN CANADA AND FRANCE FOR THE CESSION TO CANADA OF THE FREE USE OF A PARCEL OF LAND ON VIMY RIDGE FOR THE ERECTION OF A MONUMENT TO THE MEMORY OF THE CANADIAN SOLDIERS WHO DIED ON THE FIELD OF HONOUR IN FRANCE IN THE COURSE OF THE WAR 1914-1918 Archived September 21, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., Article 1
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- The CWGC burials in the churchyard
- The CWGC cemetery at Souchez
- The Vimy Memorial on the CWGC site
- Givenchy-en-Gohelle on the Quid website (French)
- The local winegrowers' website (French)
- Official commune website (French)
- Regional website (French)
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