Intro

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 Belsen Concentration Camp in 1945.

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!

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Those That Served

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There are 27 names in this directory beginning with the letter C.
Cameron Capt.

Carlton, G S (Captain)Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

Carr (Unconfirmed) Reginald John SSgt.

Carr-Gomm, Richard
Major. Coldstream Guards More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Cave, Ray
A gunner in the 370th battery, 113th DLI
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

Cayley M. H.

Chapman, Charles (Major)
My grandfather was Major Charles Chapman. He only spoke of his experience just before he died. He was 44 years old when he crossed over to France
Submitted by: Archive

Chapman, Frank (Sapper)
“The young soldier on the dozer was Frank Chapman 21 years old He had to do this terrible job I met him at the 50 years commemoraion at Bergen Belsen in 1995.” - Hetty Verolme
Submitted by: Archive

Charters Cyril John

Chitham John Sgt.

Citrine Ronald Eric

Clark Ronald Douglas

Clarke Leslie William

Clarkson Elizabeth J.

Clements Paul Walter

Close, J
113th DLI - Probably 369 Battery More
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

Clyne, E A (Sgt)
14 Amplifier Unit. Use of loud-speaker to restore order in the camp; organisation of inmates for first distribution of food in the camp; arrest of collaborators from among inmates of the camp; organisation of an interpreters pool from among inmates of the camp, the marshalling of the first 3,000 “healthy” women evacuated from the camp to the Panzer Training School (in cooperation with 250 Mil. Gov. Det.); allotting of evacuated people to new quarters, carried out by Sgt E. A. Clyne of 14 Amplifier Unit (in co-operation with 904 Mil. Gov. Det.)
Submitted by: Archive

Coe, Ronald Albert
(No 1442868, 205/89th AA Regiment, No 7 section Mideast Forces. The issue is that he died in the 70's so not much info is left. He did however tell a story of being at Bergen-Belsen. He was an artist and was commissioned to document the camp along with alot of other officers from the British army etc. He told a story of meeting Kramer and painting his portrait for later exhibitions. The painting was lost after the war when my Nan and Pop took it to an exhibition and it was gone when they went to collect it. On the off chance anyone has ever heard of a painting of Kramer with the Signature at the bottom showing as CAP, I think I would believe in miracles, but is worth a try.
Submitted by: Adam Linton

Coigley Michael Harold Farnham

Coldridge Arthur Fusilier

Cole Eugene

Collis William Robert Fitzgerald Dr.

Cook Arthur Thompson (Later Maj. Gen.)

Coombs, Peter
"The fact is that all these were once clean-living and sane and certainly not the type to do harm to the Nazis. They are Jews and are dying now at the rate of three hundred a day. They must die and nothing can save them - their end is inescapable, they are too far gone now to be brought back to life. I saw their corpses lying near their hovels, for they crawl or totter out into the sunlight to die. I watched them make their last feeble journeys, and even as I watched they died." Peter Coombs, British soldier, May 4, 1945 letter to his wife after liberation of Bergen-Belsen.
Submitted by: Archive

Crabtree, ?
113 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment
Submitted by: 113th Durham Light Infantry RA

Crick, Lewis
113 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment
Submitted by: 113th Durham Light Infantry RA

Crisp Thomas


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*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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