Cargagh Camp, Ballydugan Road, Downpatrick, Co. Down

The Cargagh Camp was Camp 2 of the sixteen established sites for evacuees from Gibraltar, who came to live in Northern Ireland during the summer of 1944.

Cargagh (Camp 2)

Ballydugan Road

Downpatrick

Co. Down

BT30 9AG

United Kingdom

Northern Ireland became home to thousands of evacuees from Gibraltar from July 1944. British military operations in their homeland forced the population of The Rock overseas. Many of them came to Co. Down to escape the Blitz in London.

Cargagh Camp (Camp 2) stood on the Ballydugan Road, Downpatrick, Co. Down where Rosebank Country House now stands. The camp consisted of a range of buildings and Nissen huts. Those who lived at the camp remembered the cold and mud of the Northern Irish winter.

Today, a red-bricked building remains. This was possibly an electrical generator building but now forms a redeveloped summer house.

In 1945, the Cargagh Camp lost out to the Aughacully Camp in the final of the inter-camp table-tennis tournament.

Local teacher Miss O’Driscoll and Miss Kilroy taught the younger children on the camp.

After the war, most of the Gibraltar evacuees returned to their homeland.

Back Row: 1. Lionel Santos 2. Amanda Martinez 3. Florence (Flossie) Cartwright 4. Alminda Tonna 5. Unknown 6. Unknown 7. Muriel Cartwright 8. Unknown 9. Unknown 10. Unknown 11. Unknown 12. Unknown 13. Unknown 14. Unknown 15. Unknown 16. Unknown 17. Unknown Third Row: 1. Joseph (Pepe) Martinez 2. Victor Gonzalez 3. Joseph (Joe) Formosa 4. Unknown 5. Unknown 6. Unknown 7. Unknown 8. Unknown 9. Unknown 10. John (Johnny) Martinez Jr. 11. Unknown 12. Joseph (Pepe) De La Cruz Second Row: 1. Unknown 2. Unknown 3. Unknown 4. Unknown 5. John Martinez 6. Captain Bateman-Fox 7. Mrs. Bateman-Fox 8. Unknown 9. Joseph (Pepe) Noguera 10. Unknown 11. Unknown 12. Unknown 13. Unknown Front Row: 1. Unknown 2. Unknown 3. Unknown 4. Hilda Tonna 5. Unknown 6. Unknown 7. Unknown 8.Unknown 9. Unknown 10. Unknown 11. Unknown

Young Gibraltar Evacuees at Cargagh Camp, Co. Down

Family Archive Photo: A group of young evacuees from Gibraltar pose in costume outside the Nissen huts that served as dining rooms and community centres on the Cargagh Camp, near Downpatrick in Co. Down. Photo supplied by Clive Martinez.

Back Row: 1. Unknown 2. Joseph (Pepe) Noguera 3. Unknown 4. Unknown 5. Unknown 6. Unknown Front Row: 1. John Martinez 2. Father Hugh Murphy 3. Mrs. Bateman-Fox 4. Captain Bateman-Fox 5. Unknown

Committee at the Cargagh Camp

Family Archive Photo: The committee looked after the welfare of the Gibraltar evacuees in Northern Ireland. Each community of evacuees had their own committee responsible for amongst other things, organising concerts and social events. Photo supplied by Clive Martinez.

Many thanks to Clive Martinez from the Gibraltar Evacuation WW2 Facebook Group for the archive photos from Cargagh Camp 2, Co. Down.

Clive Martinez returns to Northern Ireland

Family Archive Photo: Clive Martinez was an evacuee at Cargagh Camp, Co. Down in the late 1940s. He returned 60 years later to find the office of Captain Bateman-Fox still standing at the site. Photo supplied by Clive Martinez.

Residents at Cargagh Camp

Some of the evacuees from Gibraltar who lived in the Cargagh Camp, Downpatrick, Co. Down. If you have any further information on these people, please let us know.

Last NameFirst Name(s)Information
AcrisJosephLived at 12 Crutchett's Ramp, Gibraltar. Left on 30th July 1940 on the Brittany (Ship H) as part of contingent 4UK. Identified in group photo.
AgiusAIdentified in "We Thank God And England".
BagnaElenaLived at 15 Devil's Tower Road, Gibraltar. Left on 28th July 1940 on the City of Evansville (Ship K) as part of contingent 4UK. Sister of Marina Bagna. Identified in "We Thank God And England". Revisited the Cargagh Camp.
BagnaMarinaBorn on board the City of Evansille (Ship K). Sister of Elena Bagna. Identified in "We Thank God And England".
BagnaSantiagoLived at 15 Devil's Tower Road, Gibraltar. Left on 28th July 1940 on the City of Evansville (Ship K) as part of contingent 4UK.
CartwrightFlorenceLived at 41 Prince Edward's Road. Left on 29th July 1940 on the Belgravian (Ship R) as part of contingent 4UK. Identified in group photo. Sister of Muriel Cartwright.
CartwrightMurielLived at 41 Prince Edward's Road. Left on 29th July 1940 on the Belgravian (Ship R) as part of contingent 4UK. Identified in group photo. Girlfriend of Joseph Martinez. Teacher at the camp. Sister of Florence Cartwright.
DalmedoTransitoLived at 63 Prince Edward's Road, Gibraltar. Left on 30th July 1940 on the City of Windsor (Ship P) as part of contingent 4UK. Identified in Gibraltar Evacuation WW2 Facebook Group.
De La CruzJosephLived at 24 Town Range, Gibraltar. Left on 28th July 1940 on the Dromore Castle (Ship M) as part of contingent 4UK. Identified in group photo.
De La PazAIdentified in "We Thank God And England".
DyerJIdentified in "We Thank God And England".
FelicesJIdentified in "We Thank God And England".
FerroFIdentified in "We Thank God And England".
FormosaJosephLived at 4 Willis' Road, Gibraltar. Left on 29th July 1940 on the Balfe (Ship S) as part of contingent 4UK. Identified in group photo.
GomezPIdentified in "We Thank God And England".
GonzalezVictorLived at 15 Bruce's Gully, Gibraltar. Left on 19th August 1940 on the Neuralia. Identified in group photo. Revisited the Cargagh Camp.
MackintoshHIdentified in "We Thank God And England".
MartinezAmandaLived at 11-12 Palace Gully, Gibraltar. Left on 28th July 1940 on the Dromore Castle (Ship M) as part of contingent 4UK. Identified in group photo. Daughter of John Martinez and Clemencia Martinez. Sister of John Martinez, Joseph Martinez, and Clive Martinez.
MartinezClemencia (Menchi)Lived at 11-12 Palace Gully, Gibraltar. Left on 28th July 1940 on the Dromore Castle (Ship M) as part of contingent 4UK. Identified by her son Clive Mendez. Wife of John Martinez. of John Martinez, Joseph Martinez, Amanda Martinez, and Clive Martinez.
MartinezCliveBorn at Dr. Barnardos Home in Romford Essex before family left for Northern Ireland. Son of John Martinez and Clemencia Martinez. Brother of John Martinez, Joseph Martinez, and Amanda Martinez. Revisited the Cargagh Camp.
MartinezJohnLived at 11-12 Palace Gully, Gibraltar. Left on 28th July 1940 on the Dromore Castle (Ship M) as part of contingent 4UK. Identified in group photo. Husband of Clemencia Martinez. Father of John Martinez, Joseph Martinez, Amanda Martinez, and Clive Martinez.
MartinezJohnLived at 11-12 Palace Gully, Gibraltar. Left on 28th July 1940 on the Dromore Castle (Ship M) as part of contingent 4UK. Identified in group photo. Son of John Martinez and Clemencia Martinez. Brother of Joseph Martinez, Amanda Martinez, and Clive Martinez.
MartinezJoseph (Pepe)Lived at 11-12 Palace Gully, Gibraltar. Left on 28th July 1940 on the Dromore Castle (Ship M) as part of contingent 4UK. Identified in group photo. Son of John Martinez and Clemencia Martinez. Brother of John Martinez, Amanda Martinez, and Clive Martinez.
NogueraJoseph (Pepe)Member of community committee. Identified in group photo.
PereraIdentified in "We Thank God And England".
SantosLionelLived at 18 Hospital Ramp, Gibraltar. Left on 29th July 1940 on the Baharistan (Ship N) as part of contingent 4UK. Identified in Group Photo.
TonnaAlmindaLived at Arengo's Palace, Gibraltar. Left on 29th July 1940 on the Belgravian (Ship R) as part of contingent 4UK.
TonnaAidaLived at Arengo's Palace, Gibraltar. Left on 29th July 1940 on the Belgravian (Ship R) as part of contingent 4UK.
TonnaHildaLived at Arengo's Palace, Gibraltar. Left on 29th July 1940 on the Belgravian (Ship R) as part of contingent 4UK. Identified in group photo.
TonnaManuelLived at Arengo's Palace, Gibraltar.
TonnaMercedesLived at Arengo's Palace, Gibraltar. Left on 29th July 1940 on the Belgravian (Ship R) as part of contingent 4UK.
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