Broughshane, Co. Antrim during the Second World War

The Co. Antrim village of Broughshane hosted British and American troops during the Second World War. In 1944, evacuees from Gibraltar arrived in the area.

Broughshane

Co. Antrim

Northern Ireland

Broughshane lies in the heart of Co. Antrim about 3.5 miles north of Ballymena, Co. Antrim. In 2011, the village's population was 2,851. Known as the 'Garden Village of Ulster', Broughshane's motto is "People, Plants, and Pride growing Together".

During the Second World War, British troops had bases on the outskirts of the village. After 1942, American forces such as 218th Replacement Company (67th Replacement Battalion) briefly established bases in the area.

In 1944, the evacuation of Gibraltar led to the relocation of much of The Rock’s population. Hundreds of evacuees came to call the area around Broughshane and Ballymena home. Some even remained after the war’s end. Camps for evacuees stood in the areas of Aughacully, Breckagh Bridge, Drummuck, and Dunaird.

Alfred Dalmedo in singing group

Family archive photo: Alfred Dalmedo, an evacuee from Gibraltar is a member of a musical group performing at Camp 11, Breckagh Bridge, Broughshane, Co. Antrim. Photo supplied by John Dalmedo, son of Alfred and Sarah (née Crilly).

American Forces

The following American forces were based in the Co. Antrim village between 1943 and 1944. If you have more information on exact bases, please get in touch.

Start DateEnd DateUnits
15th March 194422nd April 1944218th Replacement Company (67th Replacement Battalion)

Places of Interest

The following places will be of interest to anyone wishing to explore more of the area's Second World War heritage.

Map showing Aughacully Camp, Broughshane, Co. Antrim

Aughacully Camp, Broughshane, Co. Antrim

Aughacully Road, Broughshane, Co. Antrim

Aughacully was Camp 10 of the 16 established sites for Gibraltar evacuees who came to live in Northern Ireland during the summer of 1944.

Map showing Breckagh Bridge Camp, Broughshane, Co. Antrim

Breckagh Bridge Camp, Broughshane, Co. Antrim

Aughacully Road, Broughshane, Co. Antrim

Breckagh Bridge was Camp 11 of the 16 established sites for Gibraltar evacuees who moved to Northern Ireland during the summer of 1944.

Map showing Drummuck Camp, Broughshane, Co. Antrim

Drummuck Camp, Broughshane, Co. Antrim

Buckna Road, Broughshane, Co. Antrim

Drummuck was Camp 9 of the 16 established sites for Gibraltar evacuees who came to live in Northern Ireland during the summer of 1944.

Map showing Dunaird Camp, Broughshane, Co. Antrim

Dunaird Camp, Broughshane, Co. Antrim

Buckna Road, Broughshane, Co. Antrim

Dunaird was Camp 8 of the 16 established sites for Gibraltar evacuees who came to live in Northern Ireland during the summer of 1944.