Fintona, Co. Tyrone

The small market village of Fintona, Co. Tyrone and neighbouring rural areas changed greatly between 1942 - 1944 with the arrival of the United States Army.

Fintona

Omagh

Co. Tyrone

United Kingdom

Fintona is a small market village in west Co. Tyrone. Human activity in the area dates back over 4,000 years. The landscape contains burial mounds, standing stones, stone circles, and other prehistorical remains.

The current village dates back to an O’Neill military fortress from 1431. After the Plantation of Ulster, the Eccles family became the main landowners in the area. Their grand estate is now Fintona Golf Club and Ecclesville Park in a demense dating back to 1703.

In 1942, the United States Army arrived in the villages of Fintona and Seskinore and other places throughout Co. Tyrone. Their arrival had a major impact on the rural district.

US Army in Fintona, Co. Tyrone

Vehicles belonging to 135th Infantry, 34th Infantry Division being washed in the Quiggery River in Fintona, Co. Tyrone on 5th November 1942. The background shows King Street and includes the police barracks and the old school house as well as US Army Nissen Huts. Copyright unknown.

American Forces

The following American forces were based in the Co. Tyrone village between 1942 and 1944. If you have more information on exact bases, please get in touch.

Start DateEnd DateUnits
19421942Headquarters, 135th Infantry, 34th Infantry Division (Ecclesville House)
19421942Service Company, 135th Infantry, 34th Infantry Division
15th December 194319448th Quartermaster Company, 8th Infantry Division (Ecclesville House)
194319448th Reconnaissance Troop, Mechanized, 8th Infantry Division (Shadow Camp)
194319441st Battalion, 121st Infantry, 8th Infantry Division (Shadow Camp)
4th May 194417th May 1944Company F (Less 3rd Platoon) 28th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, Mechanized

Headquarters of 135th Infantry, 34th Infantry Division were at Ecclesville House, a large house that no longer exists. Parts of the old building may remain at the Ecclesville Centre, Fintona, Co. Tyrone. The house also provided a base for 8th Quartermaster Company, 8th Infantry Division from 15th December 1943. 121st Infantry, 8th Infantry Division – known as The Gray Bonnet Regiment – were at Shadow Camp, Fintona, Co. Tyrone briefly before moving on to Ballynorthland, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone.

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