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is a commune
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in the Pas-de-Calais
department in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France
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Morval is situated 19 miles (31 km) south of Arras, on the D11 road, completely surrounded by the department of the Somme
Somme is a department of France, located in the north of the country and named after the Somme river. It is part of the Picardy region of France....
. The junction of the A1 and A2 autoroute
The A2 Autoroute is a French autoroute that travels 76 km from the A1 near the commune of Combles in Picardie to the border with Belgium, where it continues on as the Belgian motorway A7...
s is less than a mile away
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The Battle of Morval
The Battle of Morval, which began on 25 September 1916, was an attack by the British Fourth Army on the German-held villages of Morval, Gueudecourt and Lesboeufs during the Battle of the Somme. These villages were originally objectives of the major British offensive of 15 September, the Battle of...
, a British offensive action, occurred as part of the larger Battle of the Somme in September 1916. It affected Morval and nearby villages.
The village, including the church of St.Vaast, was rebuilt after World War I
World War I , which was predominantly called the World War or the Great War from its occurrence until 1939, and the First World War or World War I thereafter, was a major war centred in Europe that began on 28 July 1914 and lasted until 11 November 1918...
. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
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cemeteries in Morval hold the graves of 54 British soldiers, while the Community cemetery includes the graves of two airmen.