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.

We are now inviting any relatives of service personnel who may have been at the camp to get in touch. 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 41 names in this directory beginning with the letter G.
Gallant, Walter
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Gant J. Capt.

Gardham Tom Sgt.

Gardiner, John
Devonshire Regiment
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Garstin Lionel Kentish

Garvey, Wiliam John
REME More
Submitted by: Alan Garvey

Gibbon, 'Spud' Capt.
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Gibson, Thomas Chometon (Medical Student, London Hospital)
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Gilbert, Craig P (AFS)
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Giles, Ronald
In 1945 he became the Daily Express's "War Correspondent Cartoonist" with the 2nd Army. At one point during World War II he was assigned as War Correspondent to the Coldstream Guards unit which liberated the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Giles interviewed the camp commandant, Josef Kramer. More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Gillies, Coll Royal Engineers
My Dad Coll Gillies Royal Engineers was one of the first into Belsen he never talked much about it he was 22 at the time. More
Submitted by: William Gillies

Gilroy, Fred
Royal Artillery More
Submitted by: Archive

Gluck Dr Capt.

Glyn-Hughes, Hugh Llewellyn (Brigadier)
Deputy Director of Medical Services for the British Second Army More
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Goldberg, Sol
First Canadian Army. Mobile shower and laundry unit
Submitted by: Archive

Goldstein, Rebecca (Red Cross)
Nurse. Died and buried at Belsen. Aged 21.
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Gonin, Mervin Willett - Lieutenant Colonel (11 Field Ambulance)
Lieutenant Colonel 11 Field Ambulance
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Gooch, Colin
1909-1999
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Goodere, Alf
5th Infantry Regiment
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Gosling, James
Unit unknown
Submitted by: Norfolk Record Office

Goth Albert Cpl.

Goth, Albert
Corporal. 113th DLI From Barnsley
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

Gottlieb, Sydney (Doctor)Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Gow, James Michael (General, Sir) (Scots Guards)
(3 June 1924 – 26 March 2013) Educated at Winchester College, Gow was commissioned into the Scots Guards during World War II. He was one of the first British officers into Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in April 1945. He became Commanding Officer of 2nd Bn Scots Guards in 1964 and Commander of 4th Guards Brigade in 1967 before becoming a Brigadier on the General Staff of Headquarters British Army of the Rhine in 1971.
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Gowans, James Learmonth (Medical Student)
Volunteer Medical Student. More
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GRANT, ALBERT ERNEST (KIA)
Name: GRANT, ALBERT ERNEST Rank: Gunner Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery Unit Text: 370 Bty., 113 (2/5th Bn. The Durham Light Infantry) Lt. A.A. Regt. Age: 21 Date of Death: 03/07/1944 Service No: 11429818 Additional information: Son of James and Mary Ann Grant; husband of Edith Ellen Grant, of Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Grave/Memorial Reference: V. G. 6. Cemetery: ST. MANVIEU WAR CEMETERY, CHEUX
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

Grant, Ian James (APFU)
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Gray, C.R.W. Capt. (RAMC)
224th Parachute Field Ambulance, RAMC More
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Gray, Martin (Soundman)
Soundman No.1 camp on 23rd & 24th April, along with cameraman Paul Wyand
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Gray, William F (Sgt)
B Sqr, 23rd Hussars April 15th (War Diary) At 08.00 hours. 23rd Hussar Group moved through Winsen, turning north, "B" Squadron leading. Some Bazooka and machine gun opposition was met north of Winsen in 4758, but this rapidly cleared and the enemy dispersed by setting fire to the wood. North of Walle, 4862 there were notices in English declaring the Belsen area to be typhus infected and to be a Neutral Zone. This was observed without incident and we passed the camp at great speed, little knowing what horrors it concealed. At about 14.00 hours "A" Squadron Group which had moved via 5186, passed through "B" Squadron Group which had established itself in Bergen, 5070 without incident. 1/100,000 Sheet M4. "Two or three days later we were halted and informed that there was a 24 hour truce and we had to remain where we were. I later learned that a camp full of Jewish prisoners was nearby. This was the notorious camp called Belsen. We were actually the first tank to reach the white ribbon that stretched across the road. Somehow I thought this was a ruse and it allowed many high ranking officers to escape. On passing through the village I often wondered how the villagers could deny knowledge of its presence. I could see and smell the emaciated prisoners clinging to the wire fence as we passed through."​
Submitted by: Archive

Green P.W. Sgt.

Green Stephen

Green, Frank (Sgt)
Wiltshires. though the actual day in april the wiltshires arrived is not clear. that said he was de-mobbed at hohne barracks in november 1945. he must have been there in the early days of liberation as when we went to belsen in 1982 he recalled the layout of the camp clearly, the head of the camp, kramer, being led out under close guard and the local population of belsen town being forced to visit the camp - they did so in their sunday best clothes! they were forced to see at first hand what belsen was and still denied any knowledge. he also described the torching of the wooden huts by 5th wilts owing to typhus. he had a walking stick carved there by a german nco for a packet of cigarettes - it details all the main 4th batt. wiltshires battles and ends "belsen horror camp 1945. it is now in the wardrobe museum in the belsen display; one of two carved at that time.
Submitted by: Trevor Green

Green, L/B
113th Durham Light Infantry RA 370 Battery
Submitted by: 113th Durham Light Infantry RA

Grice, John (Major) RAMC
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Griffin E.M. Maj.

Griffiths Evan

Griffiths, E. M. (Major)Submitted by: Archive

Griggs, A (Sgt)
113th Durham Light Infantry RA 368 Battery
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

Gutman, Ruth Dr.
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Gwynne Evans R Lt. Col.


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Edwin Miller Aplin (known as Ted) emmigrated to Canada in 1930 where he met his future wife Elinor Grave Leef. Read more
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Having trouble submitting a name? Please email us instead: liberator@belsen.co.uk – Thank you

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…

Liberation of Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp
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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