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Welcome this new archive relating to the men and women service personnel and the part they played at the Liberation and subsequent Humanitarian Effort of the Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp in 1945.

We are now inviting any relatives of service personnel who may have been at the camp to get in touch. We do not believe there are any records of the diverse group of men and women, many completely untrained, who were involved with the camp, after it’s liberation.

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This site will progress and I’d encourage anyone with any info to get in touch. My granddad, Reg Price served with the 113th Durham Light Infantry*, as part of 369 Battery. As a signwriter, he produced this sign…

Belsen sign
Belsen sign

And this was kept in the family for years – so for the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Belsen in 2020, subsequent VE Day and VJ Day, I thought it’s about time I’d try to find out more about Reg – his comrades (many of which are names, simply written on the back of photos), what they did together and for a way to remember them all, properly.

To coinicide with the anniversary, I was able to be filmed both on national and local BBC TV to tell Reg’s Story.
Whilst this was totally out of my comfort zone and I dreaded every moment – I decided I needed to do something to start this all off. BBC Midlands Today aired 7th May and a VE Day Antiques Roadshow Special aired Sunday 10th May.

Read here about The Heroes of Belsen.

The main photo, shown here was coloured for the 75th Anniversary and we’ll tell you all about it shortly – and what happened next!

Latest Entries

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This letter was written by my uncle, Albert Wood, to his wife Jenny. Albert was a young British soldier, one
In 1942, Lewis Stagnetto volunteered for the Armed Forces, aged 18, at Glasgow.  At the time he had been studying
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I am Kenneth Claude James Knight, now aged 85 (article dated November 2003 - Ed) and living in Dorset. Mine
My grandpa was 26 when he got to Bergen Belsen.He never spoke about his experiences to anyone, nor did I
A super photo of B Troop, Anti Tank Regt. 249 Battery. (Oxford Yeomanry). The unit were ‘first in’ Belsen. 15th
Stills from this British Pathe film show a number of personnel gathered to see the huts at Bergen Belsen burnt


*Just 113th Durham Light Infantry? No we are interested in all Service and Medical personnel who took part during the humanitarian effort at Belsen Concentration Camp. Their roles and names are largely forgotten, as many were too horrified to ever speak of what they had to do, so this archive seeks to form a tribute to ALL those that were there, to find out more and to remember them.
If you have a relative, or any info, on the relief effort at Belsen, we’d love to you to please get in touch. Email us: liberator@belsen.co.uk – Thank you

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Any 113th Durham Light Infantry friends or family are encouraged to get in touch via 113th@belsen.co.uk


* In 1938 the old 5th Battalion DLI changed its role to Searchlights and then in 1940 to Anti-Aircraft. This 113th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment went to Normandy in June 1944 and joined the advance into Germany in early 1945.

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