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:
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 43 names in this directory beginning with the letter D.
D’Arcy, Priscilla
R.A.M.C. 29th British General Hospital
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Dalby, Horatio Joseph Kitchener
Soldier
Submitted by: Dalby

Dale, Ray
L/SGT Belsen Liberator At rest on September 3rd 2019 at the R.S.U.H, Ray aged 95 years of Tunstall, formerly of Knypersley, dearly loved husband of the late Dorothy, much loved dad of Elaine & Adrian, father in law, grandad, dear brother to Catherine and the late Doreen, Joan, Mary & Wilf, brother in law, special uncle & great uncle. Ray will be greatly missed by all his family & friends. Biddulph.
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Dale, Thomas William (113th)
Service number 818096 Regiment 113 LAA Regiment RA Gazette date 15 Dec 1944 Award Gallantry Cert.
Submitted by: 113th Durham Light Infantry RA

Dane, Rosslyn A J (Capt.) (113 LAA)
Rosslyn A J Dane Birth 12/09/1912 • Dover, Kent Death SEP 1997 • Thanet, Kent, England
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Daniell Robert Bramston Thesiger Brigadier

Daniell, Robert (Captain)
Submitted by: Archive

Daniels, Bob (Lt Col)
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Dantell, Vivian
Volunteer More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Davidson, James
uncle
Submitted by: Angus Davidson

Davies, Arthur (RAMC)
Royal Army Medical Corps
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Davies, Daniel Oliver
Guy's Hospital medical student. Davies, E Margery P
Edith Margery Pearce Davies. Born 1895. Guide International Service hospital team. In charge for a month of 700 patients.
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Davies, W. A. Maj.
US Army, a consultant in typhus control attached to 21 Army Group
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Davies, Walter (RAF)
RAF Medical
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Davis, Thomas Ernest (RAOC 37 Kinema Section)
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Davis, W.A. Capt.
US Typhus Commission
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Davys, Michael Gwynne Douglas
Guy's Hospital medical student. De Greff, E M (Red Cross)
Red Cross Relief Officer
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Dearden, Elizabeth (FRS)
FRS arrived at Belsen Sat night 21st April (Friends Relief Service) Maiden name: Elizabeth T Clarkson More More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Deeks, Elsie
St John’s Ambulance
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Delson, Ben RCAF
Canadian. He was an aircraft mechanic and amateur photographer stationed near Bergen-Belsen More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Dempster, Kenneth Robertson (Medical Student)
Medical Student. St Thomas More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Dent, Charles Enrique Dr.
Medical Research Council More (1911–1976)
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Denton, William (Capt)
Captain William Denton, Royal Engineers, Personal No. 287521, Army No. 4749563 More details to follow...
Submitted by: Michael Denton

Deverill, K G Lt (113th LAA)
Att 100 Club (113th LAA)
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

Dews, Jesse (Pioneer Corps)
Jesse worked in the Pioneer Corps and served in France and Germany with Canadian troops. He was one of the first in to the Concentration Camp of Bergen-Belsen.
Submitted by: Martin Greatbatch

Diack, Bill
2nd Fife and Forfar Yeomanry
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Dickson. Michael, Irwin (Sgt)
86th Hertfordshire Yeomanry Field Regt R.A.
Submitted by: Dorothy Ramser

Dixey, John Roger Bertram (Medical Student St Barts)
Medical Student. St Bartholomew’s Hospital “We were dealing with the killer, the main killer, which was typhus.” More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Doherty, Muriel Knox
Arrived at Belsen Camp on July 11th 1945 "Australian nurse, who ran Belsen Hospital, is going Poland as chief nurse UNRRA Mission. This practical - looking woman with a kindly smile had one rule only in her Belsen hospital It was “No rules and regulations allowed.’’ ... Muriel Knox Dougherty (1896-1988) was a leading figure in Australian nursing and nurse education. More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

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 (Medical Student St Barts)
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Doubleday, George Nelson
One of the bulldozer drivers
Submitted by: David Mason

Doward, Harold
My name is Harry White and I am attempting to find photos of my great grandfather Harold Doward who served in The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of the Scottish Regiment and was involved in the liberation of Belsen in April 1945. Any information would be much appreciated
Submitted by: Harry White

Downing, Vincent
Submitted by: Owen Wood

Drew, Albert
Tank Regt.
Submitted by: Archive

Duff, Hector
Submitted by: Belsen 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, Dennis
Submitted by: Archive

Duncan, William
11th Armoured Division Fife yeomanry "Within the first tank squadron which helped the final push towards the camps". Mr Duncan, of Castlehill, Turriff
Submitted by: William Duncan

Dupont Paul

Dutton, Gordon (Medical Student)
Middlesex Hospital More
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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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