The village of Le Hamel was the theatre of the first successful example of a combined arms attacks in a battle planned and directed by Sir John Monash, the new commander of the Australian Corps. This 93 minute battle was used as a blue print for later battles of 1918. In 1998 a memorial park commemorating the Australian Corps was unveiled on the ridge that was the objective of the battle. Four companies from US Army battalions also took part in the battle.
On 4th July 2018 a commemorative service will be held at the Australian Corps Memorial in commemoration of the cententary of the Battle of Hamel.
All visitors and tour operators to the commemorative service will require an attendance pass to gain entry to the Australian Corps Memorial and are required to carry identification with them.
Transport to the Commemorative Site
- A Park and Ride system will operate from a designated location in the area.
- All attendees for the service, including those travelling by private vehicle or tour operator coach, must travel to the Park and Ride facility (stadium of Le Hamel), park their vehicles there and be shuttled to the commemorative site by DVA coordinated coaches.
- If you are arriving by private vehicle, you will need to take the D1029 to the roundabout outside of Villers-Bretonneux and then take the direction of Le Hamel along the C204. As you arrive in Le Hamel you will be arriving along the rue de Villers-Bretonneux. At the edge of the village is a football ground for the local team called Olympique le Hamel.
- Seating will now be provided for all visitors attending the ceremony with individual chairs on the grassed areas.
- Visitors who have indicated a health or accessibility requirement at the time of registration will still have access to accessible seating services and assistance.
Accessible Transport and Infrastructure
- Accessible vehicles will be available to transport those who require it from the Park and Ride facility to the commemorative site and return.
- Accessible seating and toilets will be available at the commemorative site.
- Accessible entrance to the commemorative site will be through the main entrance.
- The walk will take approximately 10 minutes at a moderate pace and is on a moderate upward slope. At the top of this walk you will go through security screening and your attendance pass will be checked.
- The monument will be open from 8.00 a.m.
The town’s current program of events includes:
- 2 July - A concert by Concordia College from Australia in the Church at Le Hamel
- 4 July - Several exhibitions in the Church, a diorama exhibition, a stamp collecting exhibition and an exhibition called ‘Landscapes in war’
- A re-enacted military camp in the Square in front of the Town Hall.
- The Post Office will be open for visitors to get a post mark of ‘4 July’ on letters and postcards.
- Food trucks and artisanal produce stalls will be available in the centre of town for visitors.