Butte de Warlencourt

Welcome to the website dedicated to the Butte de Warlencourt, an iconic site which is located on the World War One Somme battlefields situated some three miles from the town of Bapaume in the Pas de Calais department in Northern France. Originating back to Roman times, the Butte (French for ‘hill’) is a mound some sixty feet high standing close to the D929 Albert-Bapaume road. In WW1, it was held by the Germans at the end of the Battle of the Somme in 1916 and in a fashion, marked the final line of the British advance on the Somme.

After nearly 30 years of ownership by the Western Front Association, (WFA), a charity based in United Kingdom, the Butte was bought by its present owners Bob and Julia Paterson, late in 2018. The Patersons spend a sizeable part of the year living in the close by village of Morval. Apart from ensuring the existence of the Butte as an accessible, well known, World War One site, the owners have now recommenced a restoration project which had been started and progressed by Bob in his WFA days but subsequently had stalled after his departure. We want as many people to visit the Butte and to engage with it. Details of planned enhancements and related will appear in the News section of this site, however it is strongly reiterated that the Butte will always be the Butte and that will never change. We hope that you may even engage with the Butte by becoming a member of our non profit making Butte de Warlencourt Association.

The Butte has a story to tell so let us do everything to tell it. All stories, photographs are more than welcomed also and if possible, will appear on this site or in the proposed Association newsletters. Please send them to info@buttedewarlencourt.com. Again telling the Butte story, we are delighted to now have published an article on the day the Butte caught fire in January 1917 after a raid by the British. This is a superb read. Click on Butte History above and the click Post 1914. Its fascinating. Also in the same section, Bob recently posted an article about the South African Brigade's exploits in the area in October 1916. It seems that the allies had two enemies i.e. the Germans and the mud. Another fascinating insight indeed. Note the words 'had simply disappeared'

Your input, help and friendship is valued, it is certainly hoped you visit again. Ps, many thanks to Richard Smith for providing the lovely, early morning, picture of the Butte to the left. The main picture at the top is copyright I.W.M.

Click here to see a video of the Butte from above, taken on a wonderful, clear, winter's day. All courtesy of Steve Kerr Photos


Looking downwards

The repainting is over. We are biaised but it looks good.

19 July 2019

The new banner picture.

Butte website progress update - 20 June 2019

20 June 2019

Trench map of the area - can easily be seen from the Butte.

New article added to the Post 1914 history section

18 June 2019

First board inside entrance.

WFA information boards now all erected. Initial feedback very positive.

06 June 2019

The one and only Rob!

A lovely message from the very eminent Rob Thompson

05 June 2019

More to follow!

The mystery head stone - more thoughts

28 May 2019

The front and back of a card and a sticker.

Associate membership cards and car stickers have arrived.

20 May 2019

Be an Associate of the Butte

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