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.
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.

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There are currently 7 names in this directory beginning with the letter I.
Ibbotson, J Lt (113th LAA)
(113th LAA)
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

Illingworth, James William (Jim) Gnr. (113 LAA)
Gunner James William Illingworth and I live at Cheshire. Featured on Cine film 24th April, 1945 More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Impey, Lilian (FRS Team 100)
In April 1945, FRS Team 100 under Lilian Impey was summoned from Belgium to the concentration camp at Bergen Belsen, just days after it had been liberated by the British army. Photo More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Ingle, Thomas
Spr Thomas Ingle 285. (W). Field Park Company Royal Engineers BAOR
Submitted by: Jenny Ingle

Innes, Allan Johnstone (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 13/03/1939
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Irwin, Samuel Thompson Capt. (later Maj.)
General practitioner Andover 1946-82 (b Belfast 1915; q Queen's Belfast 1938), d 2 April 2000. As a captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps, he was involved in the evacuation of Dunkirk, field hospitals in El Alamein, and returned to Normandy on D-Day. He later helped at Belsen camp, a subject about which he declined to speak. Demobilised in 1946 as a major, he joined a singlehanded practice, which grew to be the largest four man partnership in town by the end of the 1960s. He became senior partner in 1959, and was a driving force behind the new health centre. Outside medicine, he enjoyed sailing in his motor yacht, golf, and visits to his daughter in Corfu
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Isaac, Cyril - Photographer
Together with Alan Moore, was one of two Australian photographers who found themselves present at the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp on 15 April 1945. Their photographs unflinchingly capture the horror of the camps.
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

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In 1942, Lewis Stagnetto volunteered for the Armed Forces, aged 18, at Glasgow.  At the time he had been studying Read 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: – Thank you


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** 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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