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Merville, Nord

Merville is located in France
Country France
Region Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Department Nord
Arrondissement Dunkerque
Canton Merville
Intercommunality Flandre Lys
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jacques Parent
Area1 26.96 km2 (10.41 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 8,903
 • Density 330/km2 (860/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 59400 / 59660
Elevation 12–19 m (39–62 ft)
(avg. 17 m or 56 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.

Merville (from Dutch: Meregem) is a commune in the Nord department in northern France.


First World War

6th Jat Regiment marching into its billet, July 1915

During the course of the First World War the village was completely destroyed. The 6th Jat Light Infantry were billeted here in 1915. The Merville Communal Cemetery and Extension is also located here.

Country Victims
British Empire 913 1139
 Canada 3 11
 South Africa 2 21
Australia 2 -
Indian Empire - 97
Total 920 1268


Arms of Merville
The arms of Merville are blazoned :

Per fess Or and azure, 3 fleurs de lys counterchanged. (Anhiers and Merville use the same arms.)


Climate in this area has mild differences between highs and lows, and there is adequate rainfall year round. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Cfb" (Marine West Coast Climate/Oceanic climate).[1]

See also


  1. ^ Climate Summary for Merville
  • INSEE commune file

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