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 36 names in this directory beginning with the letter J.
JACKSON, ERIC (KIA)
Name: JACKSON, ERIC Nationality: United Kingdom Rank: Gunner Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery Unit Text: 113 (2/5th Bn. The Durham Light Inf.) Lt. A.A. Regt. Age: 28 Date of Death: 03/07/1944 REF in war diary Service No: 1526427 Additional information: Son of John and Elizebeth Jackson; husband of Viola A. Jackson, of Nawton, Yorkshire. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: VIII. F. 8. Cemetery: BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY Killed by splinters, believed to be from an enemy 88mm shell.
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

Jackson, Ian (Medical Student St Barts)
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Jackson, William (Bill) Sgt (113th LAA)
Regiment 113th LAA, Royal Artillery Rank: Sergeant (Regimental Sergeant Major) DOB: 3/12/1920 Birth place around durham / hartlepool area Address: 17 Park Street. West Hartlepool
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

Jacobsthal, Hilde
Hilde Jacobsthal worked as a childcare provider, nurse, ambulance driver for the Belgian resistance. As a nurse at the newly liberated Bergen-Belsen camp, she learned that her best friend Margot Frank and Margot's sister, Anne, had died there weeks earlier
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

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

Jarvis, George William (RAMC)
29th British General Hospital RAMC
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Jason Smith Phyllis

Jenkins Edward G LCpl.

Jenkins William John

Jenkins, Edward G
Lance-Corporal. Guarded Josef Kramer. Nes article 26th April, 1945
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

Jenkins, Hugh (FRS)Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Jenkins, John Richard Everett
Medical Student More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Jobling, Norman Noel (Major) (113 LAA)
368 Battery On landing in Normandy the Battery commander. 85862 Awarded MILITARY CROSS. 11/10/1945 From Sunderland. Badly Injured, 25th March 1945, Rhine Bridges. Born: Jan 1906, Sunderland. Probate Ref: 7 Palatine Road, Birkdale, Southport, Lancs. Died 9th February, 1962. Married to Sheila Ethel Jobling
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

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

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

Johnson Francis Herbert William

Johnson Walter Herbert SSgt.

Johnson, Frank (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 03/09/1940
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Johnson, Frank (63rd ATR)
Driver. British Royal Artillery 63rd Anti-Tank Regiment More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Johnson, Harold Daintree Maj. (Later Lt. Col.)
224 Parachute Field Ambulance More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

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

Johnson. Gordon Rankin
CSqdn 5RTR. My father told me how their stomachs were too weak for food. They had to have "slops". Dad saw lampshades made from tattooed skin. He said the smell was horrific, and never forgotten. (Thank you - if you have any more details or a period photo please email liberator@belsen.co.uk)
Submitted by: Gillian Johnson

Johnston, James Alexander Deans Lt. Col. (Later Maj. Gen.)
Commander of the 11th Light Field Ambulance unit and appointed senior medical officer. 32nd Casualty Clearing Station More More 2
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Johnston, William James (RA)
1918–2012 Birth 03 MAR 1918 • Norton Bavant, Warminster, Wiltshire, England Death 29 JUL 2012 • Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia Enlisted in British Army - Artillery (25 pounders) -Served in post-D-Day landings in France, Belgium, Battle of the Bulge. Remained in Germany in Occupation Forces including witnessing, first hand, Belsen Concentration Camp just after surrender.
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Johnstone, Thomas (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 17/05/1939
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Joice, J (113 DLI )
369 Battery Perhaps B.S.M. J. Joyce. of 59 Tenth Street, Blackball
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Jones Richard Kingsley

Jones, Douglas
B Platoon. RASC. King’s Shropshire Light Infantry
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Jones, Eva Moreen (Sister) QAIMNS
Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Jones, John FrederickSubmitted by: D Pearse

Jones, John Spencer
Guy's Hospital medical student. Jones, Jonah
224 Parachute Field Ambulance Attached to 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Jones, Joseph
My Uncle Joseph Jones was one of the first through the gate, giving medical assistance to the poor people in there. He spent weeks working in there and gave evidence that was used at the Nuremberg war trials to send the Nazis to the gallows. On his return to the UK, he became a vicer in Blackpool and passed away about 20 years ago. Unfortunately don't know his unit or whether he was RAMC. I know he married a Wren who worked as a BOMBE Operator in Bletchley Park, my Aunt Jessie. The only photo I have of him is with a dog collar on. I'll contact his son Martin to see if he has any details. I'm a Navy Veteran myself. (Yes please - a photo and any more details would be fantastic!)
Submitted by: Michael Woodfin

Jones, Len
"Old Soldiers never die, they just fade away" Veteran of Normandy Landings and a Liberator at Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp Len, sadly passed away at the age of 93 years on 20th May 2017 at Hengoed Park Residential Home, formerly of Orchard Court. Loved father of Cheryl and Jeff, dear father-in-law of Clive and Roberta, much loved grandpa of his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Jones, Molly Silva (Red Cross)
British Red Cross Civilian Relief Team More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Jones, Stanley (113 LAA)
410/55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 17/07/1941
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/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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