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 18 names in this directory beginning with the letter D.
Dale, Thomas W
Service number 818096 Regiment 113 LAA Regiment RA Gazette date 15 Dec 1944 Award Gallantry Cert.
Submitted by: 113th Durham Light Infantry RA

Daniell Robert Bramston Thesiger Brigadier

Daniell, Robert (Captain)Submitted by: Archive

Dantell Vivian

Davies W. A. Maj.

Davies, Daniel Oliver
Guy's Hospital medical student. Davis W.A. Capt.

Davys, Michael Gwynne Douglas
Guy's Hospital medical student. Dempster Kenneth Robertson

Dent Charles Enrique Dr.

Dixey John Roger Bertram

Doignie, Albert
REME Corporal attached to the 109th Heavy Artillery, RA. He too was at Belsen and he told me of some of the most appalling events there. He entered there on 15th April 1944 and remained there until he was sent home on leave, sick with dysentry, on the 18th May
Submitted by: Archive

Dossetor Andrew Ernest

Drew, Albert
Tank Regt.
Submitted by: Archive

Duff, John (113th DLI)
My Grandad John Duff went into the camp April 1945. He said it was a terrible place. I remember as a child playing with 2 silver rings a silver signet ting with a black enamel line through it and the other a silver skull and cross bones. He took them from a dead SS officer. He told me the skull and cross bone ring was an honour ring gifted to the Nazi members by Heinrich Himmler as a reward for good service. The camp had to be destroyed it was rife with Typhus.
Submitted by: Marie Millar

Duffy, DennisSubmitted by: Archive

Dupont Paul

Dutton Gordon


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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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