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 78 names in this directory beginning with the letter H.
Haddow, James Charles Morrison (Royal Signals Corp) Lt.
Born September 19, 1922; Died July 28, 2010. JAMES Charles Morrison Haddow, who has died aged 87, was a Renfrewshire lawyer who, during the war, took part in the invasion of Normandy and later was part of the force that liberated Belsen. He was also the man who gave a job to a young Annabel Goldie, the future leader of the Scottish Conservatives in the Scottish Parliament. Known to all as Morrie, he was born in Kilmacolm, the only son of Charles Morrison Haddow and Jean Greave Haddow (nee Penman). On leaving the High School of Glasgow in 1938 he embarked on a law degree at Glasgow University and had just completed his first year of study when the Second World War broke out and he enthusiastically answered the call of king and country. He served as a lieutenant in the Royal Signals Corp, where he served with distinction and took his full part in their war efforts, being part of the D-Day landings, going ashore on D-Day plus 2 on Sword Beach.
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Haines, Doris
Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Nursing Service
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Hale, Tom (AFS)Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Hall-William, John
(Friends Relief Service) FRS arrived at Belsen Sat night 21st April and started 22nd April.
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Hall, Charles Henry (113 LAA)
113 L.A.A. Regt, R.A. More 1919-2006
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

Hall, David
Rose to rank of acting Lt Col. Worked with repatriation of refugees at Belsen. Subsequently bacame a doctor
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Hall, James (49th Tank Regt)Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Hamilton, Mervyn Leslie (Medical Student)
During the second world war Leslie was so horrified to hear of the atrocities in Germany that he broke off his medical studies and went to Bergen Belsen to help tend the survivors. When he graduated he set up a singlehanded practice in Merthyr and in the mid-1960s set up practice in the Ely part of Cardiff. Here his interest in sports medicine started and in 1965 he became honorary medical officer to Cardiff City Football Club.
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Hancock John Arthur Harland

Hankinson, John (Later Professor) (Medical Student)
Medical Student. St Mary’s London 10/03/1919 - 09/03/2009. Prof of Neurosurgery. Newcastle upon Tyne. More
Submitted by: Liz Earl (Daughter)

Hanks, George (63 ATR)
Oxfordshire Yeomanry. 63rd Anti-Tank Regiment More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Hansell, Les
Parachute Regiment - 6th Airborne Division, 9th Battalion More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Harding, Emily (Sister)
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Hardman, Leslie H (Reverend)
Reverend Leslie H. Hardman was the 32-year-old Senior Jewish Chaplain to the British Forces, attached to 8 Corp of the British 2nd Army when Bergen-Belsen was liberated. Hardman was born in Wales; his father was from Poland and his mother was from Russia. After the war, he wrote a book entitled "The Survivors - the story of the Belsen remnant" (Vallentine, Mitchell & Co. Ltd) in which he described what he saw at Bergen-Belsen. More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Hardy, Bert (AFPU)
Photographer. More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Hargrave, Michael John
Medical Student. Westminster
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Harley, Harry
1919–1979 Birth 17/02/1919 • Sheffield, South Yorkshire Death c1979 • Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Marriage 24/08/1946 • Sheffield, Yorkshire West Riding, United Kingdom Maria Kazyzanowska (1920–1995) was interred at Bergen Belsen Concentration camp when she met Harry who was serving with liberating British Army.
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Harmon, John J (AFS)Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Harper Francis Edward Lt.

Harrell, William Cecil (89th Infantry Division)
Mr. Harrell was born November 16, 1921 in Lincoln Parish and passed away October 18, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family. He was a committed Christian who was a faithful member of Salem United Methodist Church. On July 11, 1944 he married Armede Wright, while home on leave from the U.S. Army. In December of that year he shipped out overseas to serve in World War II with General George Patton's 89th Infantry Division. He served in France, Germany, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Belgium, and Switzerland. He said many times that he walked all the way across Germany. After V-E Day he was stationed at Camp Lucky Strike, a deployment camp in France for solders returning home. His company also helped liberate survivors of the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp. After returning home from the war he worked for Chevron, formerly the California Company, until his retirement in 1986.
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Harries, John (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Harrison Sgt.

Harrison, Earl G
President Truman's representative for DP affairs in Occupied Germany
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Hartman, Harold Arthur
Mr. Hartman proudly served in the US Army Air Corp during World War II. He was inducted January 4, 1943 in Alpena, Michigan and served in the Central Europe Campaign under Patton in HQ Battery 550th AA BN 3rd Army participating in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a PFC and served as an interpreter for the interrogation unit in Patton's Third Army. During his time overseas he was present at a meeting involving Churchill, Stalin, Eisenhower, Montgomery (whom he met personally) and Patton discussing who was going to take Berlin. He was also involved in the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. 1919-2012
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Hastie, ArchibaldSubmitted by: Belsen Archive

Hawkins, Thomas Desmond (Medical Student)
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Hayward, John Langford
Guy's Hospital medical student. Haywood Harold Sgt.

Haywood John Edward

Heard, Miss.
British Red Cross
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Heath, James Kitchener (Lance Corporal)
12 DPACS (Displaced Persons Assembly Centre) Arrived mid July 1945 More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Helfgott, Herman, Rabbi
Rabbi Helfgott was a chaplain in the Yugoslav army who was captured by the Germans in 1941 and liberated by the British near Celle in Germany in 1945. He made his way to Belsen, arriving there on 30 April, and threw himself into the work of the Central Jewish Committee which had been established there by former inmates. Part of an open-air service at the festival of Shavuot on 18 or 19 May with Hardman
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Henderson, Jim (113th LAA)
"Young people don't always believe it. It is important to remind them," said the 83-year-old great grandfather at his home in Huntington, York. More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Hennals, (Gnr)
113th Durham Light Infantry RA 369 Battery. Awarded Croix de Guerre with Bronze Star. 15th April, 1945
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

Hepplestone, David (113 LAA)
SERJEANT 975639 113 LIGHT ANTI-AIRCRAFT REGIMENT ROYAL ARTILLERY Awarded CROIX DE GUERRE 1940 WITH PALM
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Herbert, R B Lieut (113th LAA)
(113th LAA)
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

Herford, M.E.M. Lt. Col.
163 Field Ambulance Lieut.-Col. M. E. M. Herford, D.S.O., R.A.M.C. More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Hermitage, Ted (3RTR - 11th Armoured)
More to follow...
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Herzog, Chaim
Intelligence Corps (Later became Israel's Ambassador to the UN and then President of Israel) More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Hewett, Richard (Major)
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Hewlett, Maurice (Capt) (113th LAA)
He never spoke about his experiences to anyone, nor did I get the chance to ask. More
Submitted by: Nick Mavroidakis

Hibbert, Ernest (113 LAA)
From Sheffield Birth 13 MAR 1901 • Sheffield, Yorkshire, England Death ABOUT 1979 • Rotherham, Yorkshire, England
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Higginbotham (Sister 32 CSS)
Senior Sister Miss Higginbotham attaqched to Number 32 Casualty Clearing Station OR No 11 Field Ambulance
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Hill, Frederick Thomas
1895–1973 Received medal from Pope for being at liberation of Belsen Concentration Camp. More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Hills, S J (Capt.) REME attached (113 LAA)Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Hinchliffe, John Arthur (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA (TA) Enlistment Date: 16/09/1940
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Hitchen, A (Capt. & Quartermaster) (113 LAA)Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Hitchman, Joseph Henry (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA (TA) Enlistment Date: 15/07/1940
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Hodges Cecil H.W. Lt.

Hogerzeil, Han
Dutch Medical Volunteer. British Red Cross. More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Hoggins, Eileen
RAMC. Anaesthetist
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Holmes, Alfred (RAF)
R.A.F wireless operator & morse code transmitter More
Submitted by: Dawn Holmes

Holmes, G L (Sgt)
113th Durham Light Infantry RA 368 Battery Came from West Hartlepool
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

Hope, George (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA (Durham LI)
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Horridge, Thomas (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA (TA) Enlistment Date: 16/09/1940
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Horsey, Peter John (Medical Student)
Medical Student. St Thomas More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Horsfield, Harry (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 16/09/1940
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Horwell, Arnold Raphael (102 Control Section)
102 Control Section, Control Commission for Germany at Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Houghton, Eswald Frank (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA (TA) Enlistment Date: 22/03/1939
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Houston Anthony B. Capt.

Howard-Jones Stewart Inglis Lt. Col.

Howard, Owen (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 30/09/1940
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Howard, William (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 29/07/1940
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Howcroft, J K (Capt.) (113 LAA)Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Howe, James (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA (TA) Enlistment Date: 16/09/1940
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Howell, George William (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 30/09/1940
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Howell, J T S Lt (113th LAA)
(113th LAA)
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

Hoyle, John Henry (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 15/07/1940
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Hudson, Wilfred (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 30/09/1940
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Hughes, William Dillon (RAMC)
Senior medical officer with Royal Army Medical Corps at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp hospital from May 1945 to July 1945. More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Hunt, Ralph Henry (113 LAA)
370 Battery 113th LAA
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Hunter, Thomas (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA (Durham LI) Enlistment Date: 15/12/1938
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Hunting Raymond J. Lt.

Hurkett, S.C.
https://www.belsen.co.uk/pte-s-c-hurkett/
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Hurwood, David Sells
Guy's Hospital medical student. Hutchinson, Stamford K.
(Thank you - if you have any more details or a period photo please email liberator@belsen.co.uk)
Submitted by: His daughter, Margaret

Hutchinson, Thomas L. (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 15/07/1940
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Hutton, Matthew (113th LAA)
Gunner 997767 Matthew Hutton, 113th Light Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery, died on 16th January 1945 age 24. Son of Roger and Mary Jane Hutton of Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne. Cremated in Newcastle upon Tyne (West Road) Crematorium.
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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