Up-Park Camp

Coordinates: 17°59′38″N 76°46′48″W / 17.99389°N 76.78000°W / 17.99389; -76.78000
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17°59′38″N 76°46′48″W / 17.99389°N 76.78000°W / 17.99389; -76.78000

Up-Park Camp is located in Jamaica
Up-Park Camp
Up-Park Camp
Location of Up-Park Camp in Jamaica

Up-Park Camp (often Up Park Camp) was the headquarters of the British Army in Jamaica from the late 18th century to independence in 1962. From that date, it has been the headquarters of the Jamaica Defence Force. It is located in the heart of Kingston. There is a heliport there which is used by the Jamaica Defence Force.

The mortality rate of British soldiers in Jamaica was very high, particular as a result of yellow fever. A 156-acre (0.63 km2) estate known as Up Park Pen was purchased by the War Department in 1784, to set up barracks. However, the mortality rate fell only when many were posted away to a hill station at Newcastle, high in the Blue Mountains.

The camp expanded in the 19th century, and was a base for the West India Regiments.


  • "History of Up Park Camp". Jamaica Defence Force. Archived from the original on 27 November 2006. Retrieved 30 March 2019.