Soldiers were situated along the coast from Newcastle the whole way into Dundrum and along to Clough.
Murlough hosted US soldiers due to the small airstrip here, some of whom were based in Murlough House. The RAF airstrip was located between Dundrum and Newcastle and was known as 19 Satellite Landing Ground. In 1942 the US 1st Batalion, 13th Armored (1st Division) arrived followed by the 828th Tank Destroyer Battalion (XV Corps) in April 1944.
Make sure you take a walk across the beautiful Murlough Beach…the perfect place for a picnic!
Onward towards Dundrum where you can explore the old Norman castle before heading towards Clough. Dundrum hosted elements of the 1st Armored Division from 1942. Some were based in a house along the main street.
Seaforde also hosted a presence of troops at Seaford Estate. Troops from the 1st Armored Division were situated in Seaforde House on the estate from 1942 which is now a visitor centre – Seaforde Gardens and Tropical Butterfly House. Troops from the 5th Infantry Division were also present in Seaforde.
On the main road just before Clough, keep an eye out on your left where you will see the remains of Mount Panther Estate. US troops were based here from 1942, including elements of the 1st Armored Division and 8th Infantry Division
History of Mount Panther Estate, Clough
This information is from the Lord Belmont in Northern Ireland blog. This is website contains a lot of information on different families, houses and estates in Northern Ireland.
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