Sunnylands Camp, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim

During the Second World War, Sunnylands Camp in Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim was the birthplace of the 1st U.S. Army Ranger Battalion in 1942.

Sunnylands Camp

Sunnylands Avenue


Co. Antrim

BT38 8JA

Northern Ireland

Camp handover in 1942

On 2nd February 1942, Lieutenant J.R. Bainbridge photographed British and American troops and cooks as 1/5th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment handed over to 63rd Signal Battalion (V Corps) at Sunnylands Camp, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim.

John G. Winant in Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim

American Ambassador Mr. John G. Winant accompanied by Major General J.E. Chaney and Major General Russell P. Hartle visiting Sunnylands Camp, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim on 18th February 1942. Copyright unknown. (Photo from

U.S. Rangers commemorated in Carrickfergus

At the junction of Sunnylands Avenue and North Road, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim, the entrance to the old camp is marked by a permanent memorial to the historic founding of 1st U.S. Ranger Battalion at the camp in June 1942.