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 34 names in this directory beginning with the letter R.
Rahilly David Maurice

Randall, John (Lieutenant)
First in: SAS More
Submitted by: Archive

Rankin Bill

Raperport Gerald

Raphael John Henry

Rawlings Eric Jack Sgt.

Raymond Michael James

Reekie Stella Jane

Reeves Alfred

Reynolds John Anthony

RICHARDSON, ISAAC (KIA)
Service Number 4535197 (Lance Bombardier) Died 29/07/1944 Aged 33 370 Bty., 113 (2/5th Bn. The Durham Light Infantry) Lt. A.A. Regt. Royal Artillery RIP
Submitted by: 113th Durham Light Infantry RA

Riches George Frederick Pte.

Ridler Duncan Sgt.

Roach William E. Capt.

Roach, A (Captain)Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

Roberts Douglas Ivor

Roberts Hilda Maj.

Roberts Sidney LCpl.

Robertson George

Roger George

Rollinson, John
John Rollinson who served in WW2 as a cook with the Army Catering Corps, army no. 7600895. In 1945 he was attached to 91 Reception Camp in Amersham, catering for injured repatriated POWs. We know from John's personal testimony when he was alive that he was one of a number of army cooks sent to Bergen-Belsen on the camp's liberation to feed the prisoners. However, there is no reference to this on his records (Army form B103 etc.), presumably as it was a secret operation (?).
Submitted by: Archive

Rooke Geoffrey Basil

Roscoe Harvey Charles Barnet Brig.

Rose Berhard

Rosensaft Josef

Rosenstock/Abadi Odette Dr.

ROWBOTHAM, STANLEY (KIA)
113 (2/5th Bn. The Durham Light Inf.) Lt. A.A. Regt. Royal Artillery (Gunner) Killed: 20th July 1944. Age 37 HERMANVILLE WAR CEMETERY 2. E. 2 Son of Henry and Ellen Rowbotham; husband of Margaret Ann Rowbotham, of Bradford, Manchester. RIP
Submitted by: 113th Durham Light Infantry RA

Rowsell Peter Watts

Rowsell, Peter
Medical Student
Submitted by: Archive

Rudman Joan

Rurka Hofstein Sadie

Russell Sister

Russell-Smith Nancy

Russell. Reg
113 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment
Submitted by: 113th Durham Light Infantry RA


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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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