Portadown, Co. Armagh

Portadown is a town in Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland. It lies on the banks of the River Bann in the Armagh, Banbridge, and Craigavon Borough Council area.

Portadown

Co. Armagh

United Kingdom

Portadown is a town in Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland. The town lies on the banks of the River Bann in the Armagh, Banbridge, and Craigavon Borough Council area. It is part of Craigavon along with Lurgan.

The town was once known as The Hub Of The North. At 24 miles or 39km south-west of Belfast, it has links with the Northern Irish capital via the M1 motorway and a direct railway line. With transport via railways and the River Bann, it became an important centre for textile and linen production.

VE Day in Portadown, Co. Armagh

The VE Day celebrations in Portadown, Co. Armagh. Crowds gather outside St. Mark's Church from where you can see a water tank in the foreground and an air raid shelter further down the street. Photo from Portadown Photos.

American Forces

The following American forces were based in the Co. Armagh town between 1943 and 1944. If you have more information on exact bases, please get in touch.

Start DateEnd DateUnits
18/10/194322/12/1943Company K, 467th Quartermaster Truck Regiment
22/12/194302/04/19443630th Quartermaster Truck Company (Heavy)
07/11/194306/06/194455th Finance Disbursing Section
11/194306/194419th Special Services Company (Minus)
24/12/194328/01/1944Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 152nd Quartermaster Battalion (Mobile)
05/04/194406/05/1944136th Quartermaster Truck Company (Nebraska National Guard)

Places of Interest

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

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