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 aim to recommence and finish a restoration project which had been started by the WFA but had stalled. 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. We are now really delighted to now have published Roland Bradford's report on the attack on the Butte on 5 November 1916. Click on Butte History above and the click Post 1914. You will not be disappointed. Its fascinating. Look at his words near the end -'(the taking of) the Butte de Warlencourt had become an obsession'

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.

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 front and back of a card and a sticker.

Associate membership cards and car stickers have arrived.

20 May 2019

Trench map covering the area.

The attack on the Butte 5 November 1916

19 May 2019

The paintwork has badly flaked.

Update Butte improvements and thoughts - May 2019

14 May 2019

.The updated History web page

Butte website progress update - Mid May 2019

14 May 2019

The cloches at Morval on the site of the former church.

Bobs next visit now arranged following op.

14 May 2019

The opening shot!

Link to video of Butte from above now on web site home page.

25 April 2019

The one and only Rob!

Great news! Eminent WW1 historian joins as an Associate

22 April 2019

Be an Associate of the Butte

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