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The Butte seen from above. The village of Le Sars in the background. A lovely black and white photo of the Butte de Warlencourt taken from the Bapaume to Albert road. A December 1916 trench map showing the location of the Butte de Warlencourt and the nearby village of Le Sars. The red German trench lines can be clearly seen. The memorial at the top of the Butte de Warlencourt. The attack of the Durham Light Infantry on the Butte de Warlencourt. The attack of the Durham Light Infantry on the Butte de Warlencourt. The attack of the Durham Light Infantry on the Butte de Warlencourt. The attack of the Durham Light Infantry on the Butte de Warlencourt. The attack of the Durham Light Infantry on the 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 close to the town of Bapaume in the Pas de Calais department in Northern France. Originating from Roman times, the Butte (French for ‘hill’) is a mound some sixty feet high which in WW1 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.

Visitors are more than welcomed to the Butte. There is a map at the bottom on this page showing its exact location which is opposite the village of Warlencourt, some three miles from Bapaume on the D929 Albert to Bapaume road. Admission is free and there ample is car parking available metres from the main gate. Various informative information boards are located on the walkway after entering and also on the summit where an orientation board and the memorial are also located. Access to the summit for its breathtaking views of the battlefields is by the well cared for walkway however due to the hilly nature of the site, access may not be suitable for everyone. There are four rest benches on the site where visitors can sit have a coffee or picnic or just simply reflect on the various actions that happened here over 100 years ago. Entrance to the site is at an individuals own risk and visitors must stay within the dedicated handrail area

Have a look please at the rest of this, the Butte's official website please. Apart from giving details of all improvements and developments at the Butte in the News section, the mixture of pictures on the Gallery page is fascinating. In the newly revamped History pages we are delighted to publish an article from renowned historian Jack Sheldon regarding the fighting at the Butte in the autumn of 1916 as seen from a German perspective. Also shown is a report written at the time by VC winner Roland Boys Bradford regarding the November 1916 attack on the Butte and we have added a nice article regarding the weather and underfoot conditions facing the troops of all sides in the autumn of 1916. Have a look please at the History pages, now they are refomatted it is our aim to add and change articles on a more regular basis. We are pleased to have a video now embedded onto this home page where with a simple click you can open it and see the Butte in all its present glory. Many thanks to Butte Associate Steve Kerr for allowing us to use this video.

Thank you for visiting this website. We update the site regularly so hopefully you will visit us again and see what is happening. As above, there is also a Butte Instagram account,the address of which is butte_de_warlencourt and a Twitter account address @ButteDeWar. We all want as many people as possible to visit the Butte and to engage with it and with what happened there over 100 years ago and to that aim we also hope that you may become a member of our non-profit making Butte de Warlencourt Association, the link to do so which gives fuller details of membership is above. For info, our email address is (Page updated November 2023)


An iconic picture of the Butte - with the word Butte spelt wrongly.

Changes to the Butte's custodianship.

21 November 2023

Contact email for the Butte - temporary change

20 November 2023

One of the boards now looking rather splendid

The information boards on the Butte

27 October 2023

A big welcome to Val and Mark!

Autumn visitors to the Butte

27 October 2023

Gillian Will of Keillor graphics with the vinyls

New vinyl overlays for the information boards on the Butte

06 September 2023

Article from Voix du Nord newspaper

Unveiling of new memorial plaque

04 September 2023

Big question - what will the grass be like?

Butte - autumn maintenance session

04 September 2023

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