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.

Those That Served

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There are currently 11 names in this directory beginning with the letter Y.
Yapp, William Edward
Army Catering Corps 1911–1977 More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Yates, T M (Capt.) (113 LAA)
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Yeoman Philip Metcalfe

Yorath, Lyndon Lewis. Sergeant (113th LAA)
Ref: D/DLI 7/404/33 Photograph of Sergeant [Yorath] sitting among discarded German artillery, Hanover, Germany, July 1945 Enlistment Date: 15 Jul 1939 Regiment: Royal Artillery Military Unit: 16 Searchlight Militia Depot RA Service Number: 1492589 Birth: 12 Sep 1918 • Bridgend, Glamorganshire, Wales Marriage Peggy Thompson (1918–2008), Jun 1943 • Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland Death JAN 1995 • Eastbourne, East Sussex, England
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

York-Moore, Michael Edward
Medical student More details to follow...
Submitted by: Joseph Cowie

Yorke, Sidney Clifford Brookfield (Medical Student)
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Young, A.D. Lt-Col D.S.O (RAMC)
224th Parachute Field Ambulance, RAMC More
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Young, Bert
G Company, 8th Battalion Rifle Brigade. More
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Young, Hamilton Baird
Born 1903, Ayrshire Landing in France on D-Day with 21st Army Corps of Canadians as Medical Officer. MO at Belsen with Canadian unit. Mentioned in Dispatches in November 1945. Known as 'Hammy'
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Young, Robert Morton (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA (Durham LI) Enlistment Date: 18/05/1939
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Yule, Albert (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 06/06/1939
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: – 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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