The village of Gilford, Co. Down and surrounding countryside on the banks of the River Bann made for an excellent training ground for troops during World War Two. British, American, and Belgian forces all spent time in the rural village where they trained and prepared for conflict.
In 1939, the population of the village was around 2,000. Most people lived in terraced millworkers’ houses. Despite its small size, Gilford, Co. Down was well-linked with the Belfast-Dublin railway nearby. Troops would walk a mile into the village from the Madden Station on the road to Tandragee, Co. Armagh.
The rivers, lakes, and hills in the surrounding countryside met the training needs of various military units throughout the Second World War. While these provided ideal conditions for training, the grand houses of linen merchant families and wooded demesnes offered places for the accommodation of troops.
American Forces in Gilford
The following American forces were based in the village of Gilford, Co. Down between 1943 and 1944. If you have more information on exact bases, please get in touch.
|Start Date||End Date||Units|
|18/10/1943||16/06/1944||115th Chemical Processing Company|
Places of Interest
The following places will be of interest to anyone wishing to explore more of Gilford's World War Two heritage.