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The town hall of Noreuil
The town hall of Noreuil
Location of Noreuil
Noreuil is located in France
Noreuil is located in Hauts-de-France
Coordinates: 50°10′17″N 2°56′07″E / 50.1714°N 2.9353°E / 50.1714; 2.9353Coordinates: 50°10′17″N 2°56′07″E / 50.1714°N 2.9353°E / 50.1714; 2.9353
IntercommunalityCC Sud-Artois
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Paul Boussemard
4.79 km2 (1.85 sq mi)
 • Density33/km2 (87/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
62619 /62128
Elevation72–110 m (236–361 ft)
(avg. 80 m or 260 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Noreuil is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in the Hauts-de-France region of France.


Noreuil is situated 13 miles (21 km) southeast of Arras, on the D5 road.


Population history
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
136 143 128 135 117 114 126
Census count starting from 1962: Population without duplicates


World War One[edit]

The grave of 6042 Private Charles Buckley, 27th Battalion, of Melbourne, Vic, killed in action 21 April 1917, in the Noreuil Australian Cemetery

In 1917 it was the location of fighting during World War I. In early 1917, General John Gellibrand, acting commander of the 2nd Division, advanced as he suspected that the Germans were withdrawing. Gellibrand's advance began well but ended with a disastrous, ill-planned and ill-executed "unauthorised" attack on Noreuil.

On the morning of 2 April 1917, the village was attacked by the 50th and 51st Battalions, with the 49th and 52nd in support. Danish-born Australian Private Jørgen Christian Jensen of the 50th Battalion was awarded the Victoria Cross for the part he played. A Distinguished Service Order (and his first of two) was awarded to then-Major Noel Medway LOUTIT, an original ANZAC, who 'relieved the pressure' during these operations by working his way partly around the enemy flank and inflicting significant effective opposition. He continued in assisting and re-organising the front line under considerable hostile machine gun fire.

On 15 April 1917 the Germans launched a major counter-attack against the Australians at Lagnicourt-Marcel. Robert Smith, at his headquarters in a ruined house in Noreuil, about 1500 metres from Lagnicourt, directed the defeat of the German counter-attack. For his efforts in that engagement Smith was awarded a bar to his Distinguished Service Order (DSO).[2]

Noreuil is close to Bullecourt, the southern end of the battlefront for the Battle of Arras.

Noreuil Park in Albury, New South Wales, Australia, is named in dedication to the men of the 13th battery, 5th field artillery brigade.

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Populations légales 2017". INSEE. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  2. ^ Mallett, Ross (2001). "Brigadier General Robert Smith". Australian Defence Force Academy. Archived from the original on 2007-06-02. Retrieved 2007-01-19.

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