World War Two in Acton, Co. Armagh

Villages such as Acton saw a great transformation during World War Two with the arrival of troops from Britain, the United States of America. and Belgium.


Co. Armagh

United Kingdom

Acton is a village in Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland. The village lies about half a mile north of Poyntzpass in the Armagh City and District Council area. In the 2011 census, the population was 72.

English settlers confiscated the land in the 17th century gifting it to Lieutenant Charles Poyntz in reward of his military service. The Poyntz family named the village after their feudal barony of Iron Acton, Gloucestershire.

They also gave their name to the nearby village of Poyntzpass in Co. Armagh.

Places of Interest

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

Map showing Acton House, Acton, Co. Armagh

Acton House, Acton, Co. Armagh

Acton Road, Poyntzpass, Co. Armagh

Acton House stands between the villages of Acton and Poyntzpass, Co. Armagh. Built around 1775, it became a home to soldiers of the Belgian Army in 1945.