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 an Associate 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. The inaugural Associates newsletter has just been published, details are on the News section of the website. Again telling the Butte story, we are delighted to now have published three WW1 articles re the Butte. The exploits of Roland Bradford is there as is an article re the day the Butte caught fire in January 1917. This is a superb read, it is 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 - the Germans and the mud. Note the words in the article 'had simply disappeared'

Have a look under the Events section. Bob and Derek Muir, his life long friend and of course, Butte associate, will be around the Butte in November 2019. If you see them, please say hello. We are also pleased to publish the dates of our 2020 Butte working party weekend in the events section of the website. This weekend will be in April 2020. Thanks to Blanche Crossan, we were able to obtain photos of Private Henry Parker's 2017 funeral service document. This is shown in the Gallery section of the website along with a picture of the Voix du Nord newspaper coverage of the event. Please have a look!

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


The Butte from the track leading to it from the main road.

Butte Working Weekend dates for 2020

25 September 2019

The left hand side on the ascent

Strimming time on the Butte!

13 September 2019

The first ever newsletter

Butte de Warlencourt Associates newsletter

07 September 2019

The association's logo

Hawthorne Ridge Crater Association

27 August 2019

The way it was!

Ongoing clearing of the sides etc

20 August 2019

Found on the Butte when clearing the sides

One percent chance maybe or does 2 + 2 = 5000?

20 August 2019

Looking downwards

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

19 July 2019

Be an Associate of the Butte

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