During the First World War, the small village of Dernancourt in the northern France hosted many Australian soldiers who were billeted in the village. The village was the scene of much desperate fighting, the Battle of Dernancourt, known as one of the most decisive battles of the First World War. An estimated 1230 Australians died as a result, the communal cemetery became the last resting place for many South Australians.
The Dernancourt Memorial now serves as a poignant and lasting reminder of supreme sacrifice made by many during the First World War and the unique history behind the naming of the suburb of Dernancourt. This memorial contains a sample of soil from the battlefield in Dernancourt, graciously donated by the Municipal Council of Dernancourt, France.