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Town hall and the church
Town hall and the church
Neuville-Saint-Vaast is located in France
Country France
Region Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Department Pas-de-Calais
Arrondissement Arras
Canton Vimy
Intercommunality Artois
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Pierre Puchois
Area1 12.59 km2 (4.86 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 1,520
 • Density 120/km2 (310/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 62609 / 62580
Elevation 81–144 m (266–472 ft)
(avg. 107 m or 351 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.

Neuville-Saint-Vaast is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France.


  • Geography 1
  • History 2
  • Population 3
  • Places of interest 4
  • Notable people 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Neuville-Saint-Vaast is situated 4 miles (6 km) north of Arras, at the junction of the D49 and D55 roads. The A26 autoroute passes through the commune.


In World War I, Neuville-Saint-Vaast was the location of intense mining activity by the tunnelling companies of the Royal Engineers. In March 1916, the New Zealand Tunnelling Company relieved the French 7/1 compagnie d'ingénieurs territoriaux in the "Labyrinth" sector of the Western Front. The German "Labyrinth" stronghold was located near Neuville-Saint-Vaast, between Roclincourt and Écurie and not far from Notre Dame de Lorette.[1] On 29 March 1916, the New Zealand Tunnelling Company exchanged position with the 185th Tunnelling Company and moved to Roclincourt-Chantecler, a kilometre south of their old sector.[1] The 176th Tunnelling Company moved to Neuville-Saint-Vaast in April 1916 and remained there for a considerable time,[2] as did the 172nd Tunnelling Company, which was relieved at Neuville-Saint-Vaast by the 2nd Australian Tunnelling Company in May 1916.[2]


Population history
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
918 927 973 1129 1295 1401 1520
Census count starting from 1962: Population without duplicates

Places of interest

the war memorial

Notable people

See also


  • INSEE commune file
  1. ^ a b
  2. ^ a b

External links

  • Official website of the commune (French)
  • The Commonwealth War Graves Commission British cemetery at Neuville-Saint-Vaast (La Targette)
  • Neuville-Saint-Vaast on the Quid website (French)

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