The Liberation of Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp

Welcome this new archive relating and dedicated 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: The Liberation of Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp.
UPDATE: 19th April.
Thank you to everyone who submitted a name/details to coincide with the anniversary of the liberation of Bergen Belsen – we’ll go through all your submissions, moderate and add them on. If you have a photo or any more details please email us. Thank you.

We are now inviting any relatives of service personnel who may have been at the camp to get in touch. Any regiment, service, nationality, volunteer or any snippet of information – we would like to hear from you. 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.

Those That Served

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There are currently 24 names in this directory beginning with the letter A.
Abbott, Lawrence (RASC)
RASC from Newbiggin, Penrith
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Abrahams, Lady
British Red Cross
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Ainsworth, Edgar
Art Editor for Picture Post More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Alexander, Norrie (British Red Cross)
British nurse with Red Cross attached to 29th British General Hospital, Royal Army Medical Corps in Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp, Germany, 1945 Audio Recording
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Allan, Allexander (Second Lieutenant) (113 LAA)
Alexander was born in 1910 in Scotland. In 1943, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and joined the 113th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, The Royal Artillery. Part of the 113 advance recce party landing on Sword Beach, Normandy on June 7, 1944. Interviewed for the Imperial War Museum in 1991.
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Allen, Ken (58th LAA)
58th Light Anti Aircraft Regiment More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Allen, Lewis M (AFS)
American Field Service (ME 32, FCC, CM 97), in a letter to his parents, wrote that the things he witnessed—the overwhelming number of survivors crying out for medical attention, the unsanitary conditions, and the remains of those around the camp who were denied a proper burial—“couldn’t be exaggerated, as they couldn’t possibly be made any more horrible.
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Alsen Lawrence Lt.

Ambrose, Stan
My uncle Stan Ambrose was one the first to step into Belsen, he was in the British army and after the war he hardly said about that sad time.
Submitted by: Alex Abercrombie

Ancliff, Stanley George (RA poss 113)
1923–2013 Birth 7 JUL 1923 • 95, Southport Road, Plumstead, Kent Death 12 DEC 2013 • Grimsby Hospital, Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England He served with the Royal Artillery Regiment and was based in Hameln after WWII ended
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Anderson, Alfred Thomas
My grandfather who served with the Green Howards and was one of the troops who liberated Bergen-Belsen.
Submitted by: Natalie Freeman

Anderson, James Christie Lt. Col.
O.C. Surgical Unit, 29 British General Hospital R.A.M.C More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Anderson, Ronald
1st Canadian Parachute Battalion
Submitted by: Archive

Anson, Joyce
VAD (Red Cross?) JOyce was from Nottingham
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Aplin, Edwin Miller Sqn Ldr. (RCAF)
Royal Canadian Air Force More
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Appleblatt, John Isaac Submitted by: Mrs Jacqueline Howard

Armatage, Robert
Medical Student (St Mary's)
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Armstrong, Timothy (63rd ATR)
My father Timothy was one of the Argyll and Sutherland soldiers who were transferred to the 63rd Anti Tank Regiment. More
Submitted by: John Armstrong

Ashbury, Marjorie E. (FRS)
Team 100 of the Friends Relief Service More More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Ashford, Arthur Edwin (RASC 11th Armoured Division)
Armoured brigade RASC company of 11th Armoured Division which was 171st Company. Workshop 83 More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Ashworth, J (113th LAA)
113th DLI - Probably 369 Battery More
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

Aslen, Lawrence (Lt)Submitted by: Archive

Aston, Frederick Charles (King’s Own Rifles)
Shortly after Frederick and his regiment were evauated out of North Africa, he was commissioned in his Guards unit, rising quickly through field promotions, to the rank of captain. He was one of he first British officers entering both Bergen Belsen and Dakow concentration camps. These latter experiences may have disturbed Frederick more than he would admit. After the war, he became an alcholic and was able to hide the fact long enough to re-enlist as a comissioned officer with the King's Own Rifles. This regiment was sent to Africa (Kenya) where Frederick's alchoholism became apparant, and he was eventiually asked to resign his commission. This may have prven too much for Frederick, for on returning to England,he took a room in a local boarding house and the, one night, while heavily intoxicated, returned to his room, closed the windows, sealed the door, and turned on a small gas stove and went to sleep - forever. 1912-1952
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Atkinson, Dick (Pvt) (113 LAA)
113 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment. From South Shields. More
Submitted by: 113th Durham Light Infantry RA


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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…

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The Sign at the Liberation of Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp

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!

*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 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.
Official designation – Brigade: 100 AA • Division: 30 Corps. • Unit: 113 LAA Regt. RA (DLI) TA.

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