• Clifford Beckwith – Green Howards

    My dad Clifford Beckwith was among the first British soldiers to enter Belsen. He never spoke of it other than to say they were told not to give food to the prisoners as it would make them ill. He said he never felt so helpless.  6 total views

  • Don Sheppard – Despatch Rider

    Ahead of the 75th anniversary of Bergen-Belsen’s liberation, former despatch rider Don Sheppard, now 99, recalls what he discovered at the Nazi death camp  14 total views

  • Hugh Ewart – 41 Commando

    Former Royal Marine Commando Hugh Ewart, 92, passed away last Saturday and his family are hoping standard bearers and buglers will give him a fitting send-off tomorrow.  16 total views

  • Ted Smith – Canadian Pilot

    Ted Smith, 92, was a Canadian pilot during the Second World War who saw frequent combat. But it is a spring day in April 1945 that’s seared into his memory. He arrived at Bergen-Belsen, the Nazi concentration camp, two days after it was liberated. Here is his description of the horrific scene he encountered.  17 total views

  • George Leonard – Oxfordshire Yeomanry

    Even before it had been officially liberated by the 11th Armoured Division on April 15, 1945, George Leonard was there behind enemy lines with a tiny force of just 200 soldiers under a flag of truce.  312 total views

  • Hugh O Hara – 11th Armoured Brigade

    This is the horrifying image of young soldier Hugh O’Hara helping to bury thousands of death camp victims after liberating notorious Bergen-Belsen. Hugh, who served with the 11th Armoured Brigade, sits at the wheel of a bulldozer, a white hanky at his face, looking out over dozens of dead bodies.  20 total views

  • Albert Drew – Tank Regt.

    My Dad’s older half Brother, Uncle Albert. (Top right in the picture above the swastika flag) was at the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp.  28 total views