Prospect House, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim

Prospect House in Carickfergus, Co. Antrim was a base for 3rd (Rumbeke) Infantry Brigade of the Belgian Army in 1945. A memorial to them stands there today.

Prospect House

Woodburn Road

Carrickfergus

Co. Antrim

United Kingdom

Prospect House on the Woodburn Road, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim was once a grand mansion with ornamental grounds. Built around 1760, the site is now in a state of disrepair and mostly built over.

The Henly Gate remains. Dating from the 1920s, it was a 21st birthday present to Gwen Henly, the owner of the estate at the time. At the gate is a memorial to the members of 3rd (Rumbeke) Infantry Brigade of the Belgian Army.

The Belgian unit trained in and around the Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim area for around 6 months in 1945. 2nd Battalion of the Brigade used the grand house as their base.

Henly Gate, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim

Henly Gate on Woodburn Road, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim stands near Prospect House where military units were based throughout World War Two. A plaque commemorates the Belgian 3rd (Rumbeke) Infantry Brigade. Photo taken in 2019. Copyright Lead The Way Tour - Carrickfergus.

Memorial to the Belgian Army

The plaque at Henly Gate, Prospect House, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim reads:

Henly Gate. This portico is the only portion of the Henly Gate remaining. The gate was erected in the 1920s as a 21st birthday present to Gwen Henly who was the last owner of Prospect House Estate.

Belgian 3rd Infantry Brigade “Rumbeke”. During WWII the Estate was commandeered for military purposes. Following the liberation in late 1944 it was agreed that Belgium would raise 5 Infantry Brigades which were to be trained in Northern Ireland.

The 3rd Infantry Brigade “Rumbeke” was posted to Northern Ireland from March 1945. It was billeted around the Northern shore of Belfast Lough. The 2nd Battalion was located here at Prospect House.

The Brigade trained for almost 6 months in this area before going on to take part in the occupation of Germany. Dedicated 5th November 2006 by the Borough of Carrickfergus.

Memorial to 3rd (Rumbeke) Infantry Brigade

A plaque commemorating the Belgian 3rd (Rumbeke) Infantry Brigade stands at Henly Gate of Prospect House on Woodburn Road, Carrickfergus, Co. Down. The Belgian unit trained throughout Co. Antrim in 1945. Photo taken in 2019. Copyright Lead The Way Tour - Carrickfergus.

Lead The Way Tour – Carrickfergus supplied the photos of the memorial at Henly Gate, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim.

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