The name has the same root as ‘hameau’ (eng:hamlet), a small rural settlement
Mentioned for the first time in 1184 as belonging to the powerful abbey of Corbie.
As with many towns in the region, Le Hamel has experienced the ravages of war over many centuries, between the French kings and their adversaries from England, Burgundy and Spain.
A pivotal place during the First World War, the Battle of Hamel on 4 July 1918 was a prelude to the summer offensive of 8 August later the same year.
The park commemorating the 1000+ Australian troops that died in the battle was inaugurated on 4 July 1998, exactly 80 years after the day of the battle. The site symbolises the friendship between France and Australia.