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Barastre

Barastre

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Barastre
Barastre

Coordinates: 50°04′39″N 2°56′00″E / 50.0775°N 2.9333°E / 50.0775; 2.9333Coordinates: 50°04′39″N 2°56′00″E / 50.0775°N 2.9333°E / 50.0775; 2.9333

Country France
Region Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Department Pas-de-Calais
Arrondissement Arras
Canton Bertincourt
Intercommunality Canton of Bertincourt
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Gislain Boury
Area
 • Land1 7.64 km2 (2.95 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Population2 249
 • Population2 density 33/km2 (84/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 62082 / 62124
Elevation 113–133 m (371–436 ft)
(avg. 119 m or 390 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.

Barastre is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region in northern France.

Geography

A farming village located 19 miles (30 km) southeast of Arras on the D20 road. The entire commune was destroyed during World War I.

History

During World War I, the village was occupied by British troops in March 1917, before being lost a year later to the Germans. The village was retaken on September 5 following an advance by the 42nd British division (East Lancashire). Nearly 10 British soldiers are buried in this cemetery (one of whom was buried by the Germans in 1916). In the cemetery extension are the graves of 284 German soldiers, 46 French, 39 British, four New Zealanders and one Australian. The commune was awarded the Croix de guerre in 1920.

Population

Sights

  • The ruins of an early castle.
  • The church of St. Martin, dating from the twentieth century.
  • The war memorial.

See also

References

  • INSEE commune file

External links

  • The CWGC cemetery
  • Barastre on the Quid website (French)
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