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 73 names in this directory beginning with the letter T.
Tarplee, Walter
Submitted by: Wendy O’Donnell

Tasker Peter Williams Gedge

Tatarczuk, Marian (Lt.)
In the very early days Hardman appealed to Colonel Johnston, who allowed him to set up a “first-aid centre” in camp 1, the death camp. With Doctor Natolski and Lieutenant Marian Tatarczuk, who were both Polish political prisoners, and Stephen Green of the British Red Cross, Hardman created the first improvised hospital at Belsen in what had been the SS pharmacy, which contained some medical supplies. Hardman got it cleaned up by SS women, and doctors and nurses among the inmates helped to establish it. There was space for about a dozen beds, with two patients to a bed, so that it accommodated twenty to thirty sick people at a time. Serving in the first four weeks of liberation as a miniature hospital, its staff struggled to save lives, caring for critically ill people until they could be evacuated to the new hospital in the military barracks
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Tatareczuk Marian Lt.

Tate, John (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 24/02/1939
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Tatlow F. T. Flying Officer

Taverner, Joy W. (Nurse)
Queen Alexandria Nurse Married name of Trindles More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Taylor James W Gnr.

Taylor William Sgt.

Taylor, George (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 28/12/1938
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Taylor, Gordon (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 28/05/1947
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Taylor, James W
Gunner. From Leicester.
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

Taylor, John Bate (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 23/06/1949
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Taylor, K G (Major)
370 Battery (later awarded the MC and MID) On landing in Normandy the Battery commander
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

Taylor, Kenneth George (113 LAA)
CAPTAIN, TEMPORARY MAJOR 143086 Awarded MILITARY CROSS
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Taylor, Peter Barr (Medical Student)
Medical Student. St Thomas
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Taylor, Richard (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 27/05/1930
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Taylor, Richard. I. G (Dick) (Lieutenant-Colonel) (63rd ATR)
Commanding Officer of the 63rd Anti-Tank Regiment. “A great number of them [the inmates] were little more than living skeletons with haggard yellowish faces. Most of the men wore a striped pyjama type of clothing—others wore rags, while women wore striped flannel gowns or any other clothing they had managed to acquire. Many of them were without shoes and wore only socks and stockings. There were men and women lying in heaps on both sides of the track. Others were walking slowly and aimlessly about—a vacant expression on their starved faces.” April, 15 Taylor, Robert (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 16/09/1940
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Taylor, Ronald (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 14/03/1939
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Taylor, Tommy
Gunner 14278039
Submitted by: Barry Taylor

Taylor, Tommy (RAMC)
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

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

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

Taylor, William Campbell (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA (TA) Enlistment Date: 01/11/1938
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Taylor, William Raynord (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 13/06/1939
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Tetlow, Harold (Padre)
British army Padre. Conducted the first service at Belsen. More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Thick Gordon Caton

Thomas, A G W Lt (113th LAA)
(113th LAA)
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

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

Thomas, Henry Vincent (113 LAA)
414 Bty RA 55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 30/09/1940
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Thompson, C R, Major (RASC)
“I was immediately sent to a room nearby to be treated with insecticide. I was stripped completely and men of the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) sprayed my body with that now famous powder, A.L.63. On completion I dressed and prepared to deliver my goods into the concentration camp.” “I visited a cookhouse controlled by a British Army sergeant. He was issuing good hot food, strictly rationed and controlled. A British mobile bath unit was already in operation, hot water and soap being freely given. Ablution and sanitation facilities never before existed in Belsen, water being a luxury commodity, for drinking only, and strictly rationed at that.”
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Thompson, George Wilbert
No known unit. Just visting or something else? More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Thompson, JE (Flight Officer) RCAF
My grandfather, F/O James Ernest Thompson of 437 sqn RCAF. More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Thompson, John Robert (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 09/05/1939
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

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

Thomson

Thomson Cook Arthur

Thwaite, Herbert Henry
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Tilbe, Ronald
Royal Service Corps, driver 10 Ton Mack dessert truck. Transportation of medical supplies, food & removal of German prisoners from the camp. I know my dad gave Kramer, the camp commandant some cigarettes. (Thank you - if you have any more details or a period photo please email liberator@belsen.co.uk)
Submitted by: Peter Tilbe

Tilbrook, Bernard (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA (Durham LI) Enlistment Date: 04/04/1939
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Till, Anthony Stedman (RAMC)
181st Field Ambulance, RAMC More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Till, James (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA (TA) Enlistment Date: 18/05/1939
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Tizard David Andrew Thomas

Todd, Ronald (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA (TA) Enlistment Date: 04/04/1939
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

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

Tonkin, John (Major)
First in: SAS More
Submitted by: Archive

Topham, W (113 LAA)
113th DLI - Probably 369 Battery More
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

Towart, Samuffe (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 23/03/1937
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Towers John

Trafford, Ken (63rd ATR)
63rd Anti Tank Regiment (QOOH) Queens Own Oxfordshire Yeomanry 249 Bty
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Tregear F. M. V. Col.

Treloar, Wilfred (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA (TA) Enlistment Date: 09/05/1939
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Trevatt, Charles Vincent
RASC
Submitted by: Archive

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

Trimmer, Eric James (Medical Student)
Westminster Hospital More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Trinder, Lionel
Private
Submitted by: Mary Trinder

Trofimoff, A N, (Major)
369 Battery On landing in Normandy the Battery commander
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

Trott, Eric (RAMC)
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

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

Trower, Anthony Gosselin (1SAS)
1 S.A.S.
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Tryszynska, Frederick Luba
Nurse The Angel of Bergen-Belsen More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Tubman, Thomas Vernon (11th Armoured Div)
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Tuck, J (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 05/01/1939
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Tully, John (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA (TA) Enlistment Date: 01/08/1939
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Turgel, Norman Sgt.
53 Field Security section of British Intelligence Corps More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Turner, Albert Norman Spr.
59 Mechanical Equipment platoon More
Submitted by: Alan Turner

Turner, James Andrew (Guy’s Hospital)
Medical Student. Guy’s Hospital
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Turner, John William
Please add my father to the directory. His name was John William Turner and he served with the Kings Troupe, Royal Horse Artillery. His DOB was 16th June 1923. Thank you for keeping the memories alive.
Submitted by: John Turner Jnr (known as Mark)

Turner, John, Charles (Trooper, Tank Regt.)
Submitted by: Les Turner

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

Tyler Arthur Bdr. (63rd ATR)
63rd Anti Tank Regiment (QOOH) Queens Own Oxfordshire Yeomanry More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Tyndall, G S (Chief Matron)
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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