Holywood, Co. Down during the Second World War

The Second World War in Holywood, Co. Down brough Axis detainees to the town as locals became used to the sight of prisoners of war at the town's camps.

Holywood

Co. Down

Northern Ireland

Bristol Bombay in Holywood, Co. Down

Imperial War Museum Photo: HU 110308 (Part of the Belfast Telegraph Collection). The wreck of a Bristol Bombay is towed through the streets of Holywood, Co. Down on 21st March 1942 after it came down in a forced landing at nearby Clandeboye, Co. Down.

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 Holywood War Memorial, Holywood, Co. Down

Holywood War Memorial, Holywood, Co. Down

Redburn Square, Holywood, Co. Down

Holywood War Memorial stands in what was once Railway Square facing the railway station. It was renamed Redburn Square in honour of a First World War hero.

Map showing Kinnegar Prisoner of War Camp, Holywood, Co. Down

Kinnegar Prisoner of War Camp, Holywood, Co. Down

38 Kinnegar Road, Holywood, Co. Down

Kinnegar Prisoner of War Camp stood on the site of Kinnegar Barracks, Holywood, Co. Down. In February 1945, 9 German POWs staged a daring escape attempt.

Map showing Palace Barracks, Holywood, Co. Down

Palace Barracks, Holywood, Co. Down

172 Jackson's Road, Holywood, Co. Down

A military installation has stood at the site of Palace Barracks, Holywood, Co. Down since around 1886. It was a hive of activity in wartime.