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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.

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.

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 owner Bob Paterson in 2018. Bob and his wife Julia spend a sizeable part of the year living in the close by village of Morval and apart from ensuring the existence of the Butte as a historic, accessible, well known, World War One site, the owners recommenced a restoration project which had been started and progressed by Bob in his WFA days but subsequently had stalled after his departure. Details of maintenance, enhancements and general love and attention of the Butte will appear in the News section of this site, on Instagram and Twitter, however it is strongly reiterated that the Butte will always be the Butte and that will never change.

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 in the Pas de Calais departement of Northern France. There ample is car parking available metres from the entrance and various very informative information boards are located on the walkway after entering and on the summit where an orientation board and a memorial are also located. Access to the summit for its breathtaking views of the battlefields is by a 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 free and 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 History pages we have published a report written at the time by VC winner Roland Boys Bradford regarding the November 1916 attack on the Butte and have added a nice article regarding the weather and underfoot conditions facing the troops of all sides in the autumn of 1916. The various attacks on the Butte late in 1916 are covered as is a nice time-line piece covering the arrival of WW1 in Bapaume and surrounds in August and September 1914. In the History pre 1914 section,there is a nice summary regarding the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian war action in the area. We aim to revamp this History section shortly where the articles as such will each have their own unique link.

Thank you for visiting this website. We update the site regularly so hopefully you will come and visit us again. 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 July 2022)

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


The newsletter, article and leaflet ready to go in envelopes

Latest Butte de Warlencourt Associates Newsletter

10 August 2022

Items found near the Butte by farmers awaiting collection

This website -

10 August 2022

New handrails and posts at the top of the Butte

Replacing decayed handrails and posts

14 July 2022

New member package

The next Butte Associates newsletter

14 July 2022

A nice tidy bit of strimming!

First maintenance stint completed

01 July 2022

The very faded text on board one.

The first Information board on the pathway

01 July 2022

From the Courier of 2 May 2022

Nice article in the Dundee Courier re the Butte

05 May 2022

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