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 20 names in this directory beginning with the letter E.
Eades, Gwennyth (Gwen) (Sgt)
b: 14 July 1919
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Eadie, Fraser (Lt Col) 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion
Lieutenant-Colonel Fraser Eadie Commanding Officer, 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Easom, John Arthur
Royal Welch Fusiliers Present at the liberation. He never spoke of it.
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Easton Kenneth Charles

Eaton LBdr.

Eckhart Hans

Edwards, Benjamin (Benny)
Seen at the arrest of Kramer More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Edwards, Charles (AFS)
“in Africa and even in Italy all of us had made a distinction in our minds between the Nazis and the German people...as the first waves of such cruelly broken humanity became a flood [at Belsen], so did the hatred for the Germans in the hearts and minds of all those of A.F.S. who witnessed it at first hand.”
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Edwards, Clement (11th Field Amb) RAMC
Edwards rarely spoke about this experience — only in his later years did he begin to open up to family and close friends, explaining how what he had seen had shaped much of his view of life. More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Elberfeld, Richard
My dad was attached to a British unit as a volunteer (He was American) - he served in several theaters as well as Belsen More
Submitted by: Anne Elberfeld Cole

Ellenbogen, Basil K
Joined RAMC in 1942. “His experiences of Belsen left a lifelong impression on him“
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Ellener, John Henry
1923–2001 Birth 30.11.1923 • Hunslet, Leeds, Yorkshire, England Death 22.9.2001 • Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Elliott, John
My father Staff Sargent John Elliott of the Dental Corps was one of the first people to be in the capture of Bergen-Belsen Camp. He had to work hard in the first days as some German troops who had been the guards came to the hospital with broken jaws; the result of blows to the jaw by the butts of the first British soldiers who had fought their way into the camp. He then went on with the Army Hospital to secure the sanitanization of the camp before the huts were burned to eradicate any further diseases. He eventually fought with the Army Hospital all the way to Hannover where he was when the war ended.
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Elvidge Katherine J. (Sister)
‘There is one English doctor to each square of five blocks, so as you can imagine we don’t see much of her. Then we have some Belgian medical students who also help, I’ve got two assigned to my block.’
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Emmerson, Robert (RAF)
My father was at the liberation of Belsen with the RAF 35 Wing attached to the canadian army contingent
Submitted by: Bob Emmerson. Jun

Essex (Unconfirmed) William

Evans, John Marshall (AFS)
D Platoon 567 Coy AFS (American Field Service)
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Evans, Roy (34 CCS)
OBE Commanding Officer. 34 Casualty Clearing Station. The first medical unit to go into Belsen. Twice mentioned in dispatches during the period.
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Evans, Vernon James
Unknown Unit More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Evans, Wilfred (113 LAA)
1909–1999 Birth 21ST JULY 1909 • Hunslet, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England Death NOVEMBER 1999 • Abbeyfield House, Clitheroe, Blackpool, Lancashire, England More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive


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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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