Maresches

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Maresches
The town hall in Maresches
The town hall in Maresches
Coat of arms of Maresches
Coat of arms
Location of Maresches
Maresches is located in France
Maresches
Maresches
Maresches is located in Hauts-de-France
Maresches
Maresches
Coordinates: 50°17′36″N 3°34′32″E / 50.2933°N 3.5756°E / 50.2933; 3.5756Coordinates: 50°17′36″N 3°34′32″E / 50.2933°N 3.5756°E / 50.2933; 3.5756
CountryFrance
RegionHauts-de-France
DepartmentNord
ArrondissementAvesnes-sur-Helpe
CantonAvesnes-sur-Helpe
IntercommunalityCommunauté de communes du pays de Mormal
Government
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Marie-Renée Nicodème
Area
1
4.78 km2 (1.85 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
843
 • Density180/km2 (460/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
59381 /59990
Elevation49–106 m (161–348 ft)
(avg. 100 m or 330 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Maresches is a commune in the Nord department in northern France.

History[edit]

During World War I the Germans occupied Maresches. Private A S Bullock, in a posthumously published memoir, recalls going over the top to drive them back, describing 'the tremendous artillery bombardment'. He recalls, 'The noise was terrific and the only thing that could be heard above the shells, which were bursting everywhere, was the crackling of the Vickers machine guns.' Bullock notes that this was the fourth time he went over the top. He remembers, perhaps significantly, 'I had the Lewis gun, and the team stayed with me'. He records struggling to carry the 40 lb gun over a barbed wire entanglement at night during a poison gas attack, and having to remove his gas mask to avoid getting left behind. He also reports an incident of bravery and ferocity by one Corporal Wilcox who later received the Victoria Cross.[2]

Heraldry[edit]

Arms of Maresches
The arms of Maresches are blazoned :

Or, 3 lions azure, on a chief gules, a demi-'Notre-Dame-de-Grâce de carnation' issuant from the line of division, vested gules and azure and holding in her left arm the Baby Jesus. (Boursies, Cattenières, Carnières, Estrun, Maresches, Onnaing, Ors, Orsinval, Thun-l'Évêque and originally, Notre-Dame de Cambrai, use the same arms.)



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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ Bullock, A. S., Gloucestershire Between the Wars: A Memoir, History Press, 2009, pages 83-90