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Once the 508th was encamped at Cromore, they continued training for the next two months.  On March 10th, the 508th returned to Belfast by rail where the unit loaded into vessels and crossed the Irish Sea to the Firth of Clyde in Glasgow, Scotland.  Using the British rail system, the Regiment then headed southeast and arrived at Wollaton Park, Nottingham, England on March 13, 1944.
Portstewart Railway Station
is where the train from Belfast dropped off the 508th for their encampment at Cromore Estates which is just down the road (off frame to rear of  of grapher)
(courtesy of John McCann)
Cromore Estates
has a formal gated entrance that probably raised the eyebrows of many 508ers.  Fancy gates or not, the men were soon put to work with exercises
(courtesy of John McCann)
Looking Back To Railway Station
from the Cromore entrance, the railway station is the building on the right
(courtesy of John McCann)
Portstewart Promenade (as seen in December 2003).  Some members of the 508th may have strolled the shore here.
(courtesy of John McCann)
Life In A Nissen
believed to be the work of  T/5 E. H. “Gene” Barton, this drawing shows the spartan quarters with standard bunks and wall shelves foe personal gear.  Note the stove in the center which was probably fueled with peat. Learn more about Nissen huts
"SHUE" is the only identification that Barger put on this photo. The man was subsequently identified as "John T. Shue, a company clerk in Service Company, the same unit that Barger was in.
  Francis Lamoureux, G Co, said the only place he remembers using a Nissen Hut, the type of building shown here, was in Northern Ireland. 

Also Ireland?
Adra Hocker [front, 2nd from r].   The Nissan hut in background implies it was taken in Ireland prior to his transfer to Co I, 508th on 13 September 1944.

Major John T. Berry in front of a Nissen in Northern Ireland, shortly before his transfer.
   He would later jump in the Netherlands as XO of the 1st Bn, 504th PIR, and was eventually promoted to Lt Col, in command of the Battalion.
Cpl Robert O'Connor
(Co E) waits for laundry to dry
(courtesy of Steve Gass)

No Names But
They're Our Guys
ten 508ers pose in and outside a Nissen hut in Cromore
(courtesy O.B. Hill collection)

Pvt Coy Moore
in the Company area, camp Cromore, probably as the regiment prepares for move to Nottingham.
   The hand-written sign on the post says "Packed And Ready"
[l-r] Clarence Chrislip and Floyd Mallison
outside a Cromore Nissen hut. 
(courtesy O.B. Hill collection)

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