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.

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 38 names in this directory beginning with the letter L.
Lacey, Capt. C.E. (RAMC)
224th Parachute Field Ambulance, RAMC More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Lane, Jack (RAMC)
Came from Doncaster
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Lasky, Ernest. Cpl (RASC)
From Pontypridd
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Lavin, Wilfred (113 LAA)Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Lawrie William Sgt.

Laws George Sgt.

Lawton, (Sgt)
113th Durham Light Infantry RA 369 Battery
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

Layton, T.V. Dr Senior Medical Officer
Arrived with Muriel Doherty (Matron) on 11th July 1945 More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Leatherbarrow, Richard Sgt. (AFPU)
AFPU film cameraman and photographer. More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Lees Norman

Lefley, G (32 CCS)
32nd Casualty Clearing Station
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Leonard, George (63rd ATR)
Lance Bombardier 63rd Anti Tank Regiment (QOOH) Queens Own Oxfordshire Yeomanry MoreSubmitted by: Belsen Archive

Leverson/Levy Jane Elinor
First Jewish Relief worker and a member of the Quaker Team More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Levitt Stanley WO (Later Capt.)

Levitt, Stanley (Battery Sergeant Major)
113th Durham LA
Submitted by: 113th Durham Light Infantry RA

Levy, Isaac (Rabbi)
Senior Jewish Chaplain to the British 2nd Army
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Lewis Beryl Frances Norah

Lewis J. T. Lt Col.

Lewis, Iolo
One of the witnesses to the liberation of Bergen-Belsen by British soldiers on April 15, 1945 was Iolo Lewis, a 20-year-old soldier from Wales. He recalled that, as he arrived at Belsen, Commandant Kramer and his assistant, Irma Grese, were standing at the gates to greet them.
Submitted by: Archive

Lewis, Mike Sgt (AFPU)
Mike Lewis, a Jewish soldier in the British Army, filmed the bulldozers, driven by British soldiers, as they shoved the emaciated bodies towards the mass graves. This documentary film is still shown today at the Memorial Site. In the film, Mike Lewis said that he took a turn driving the bulldozer himself, while another soldier held the camera. More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Lewis, Richard A.
Native of Columbus, born April 10, 1925, to Joseph and Ruth Berliner Levison. After graduating Columbus East High School, Richard joined the U.S. Army serving in both World War II and the Korean Conflict. He earned Silver and Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts, and was commissioned as an officer in the field, ultimately earning the rank of Lt. Colonel. He was among the forces that liberated Bergen-Belsen. Richard founded Richard Lewis Travel with branches in Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati, Louisville, Houston, San Francisco, and London, England. He was known as "Mr. Travel" throughout the travel industry.
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Lewkowicz Sala

Ley Dr.

Limerick Angela Lady

Lindores, Ethel Fleming (113th RA)
Driver for Padre, John Ross Hopefully more details to follow...
Submitted by: Chris Payne

Lines, Eric (Sargeant) (113 LAA)
113th DLI SERJEANT 4690934 Awarded MILITARY MEDAL More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

LING, ERNEST (KIA)
Name: LING, ERNEST Nationality: United Kingdom Rank: Lance Serjeant Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery Unit Text: 368 Bty., 113 (2/5th Bn. The Durham Light Infantry) Lt. A.A. Regt. Age: 25 Date of Death: 22/07/1944 Service No: 2061888 Additional information: Son of Henry Joseph and Rose Ling; husband of Florence May Ling, of Forest Hill, London. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: I. E. 12. Cemetery: BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

Lipscomb Martin Lt. Col.

Lipscombe, F. M. (Lieutenant-Colonel)
Frederick Martin. Medical Advisor. RAMC
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

LIPSCOMBE, SIDNEY WILLIAM (KIA)
Rank: Warrant Officer Class II (B.S.M.) Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery Unit Text: 113 (2/5th Bn. The Durham Light Inf.) Lt. A.A. Regt. Age: 31 Date of Death: 28/11/1944 Service No: 1694013 Additional information: Son of Joseph Edward and Maud Lipscombe; husband of Muriel Mary Lipscombe, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Grave/Memorial Reference: IV. A. 9. Cemetery: VENRAY WAR CEMETERY
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

Livingston, William Francis (Royal Armoured Corps)
William Francis Livingston joined the 7th Armoured Division North Africa on 29th June 1939 at the age of 16 as part of Royal Armoured Corps. It as only discovered he was under-age to join after completion of basic training and on the sea journey to relieve Torbruk as 1st Armoured Division to North Africa - at this point it was too late to do anything about it. On the 15th September 1943, the Regiment landed at Salerno in Italy, but after the Volturno crossing, it returned to England with the rest of 7th Armoured to prepare for North West Europe. Located at Thetford Forest, Norfolk to prepare and waterproof equipment and vehicles for further battles in Normany and into Europe. Now part of the British 21st Army Group (under General Montgomery), British Second Army. The Fifth landed in Normandy on the 7th June 1944 and, after heavy fighting in the “Bocage” the Fifth took part in the Great Advance through France and Belgium. By December 1944 the Fifth was in Germany, crossing the Rhine in March and reaching Hamburg by May. His unit was amongst the first to enter and witness the horrors of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, see: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/BergenBelsen/Introduction.html After the German surrender, 21st Army Group was converted into the headquarters for the British zone of occupation in Germany. It was renamed the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR) on 25 August 1945 and eventually formed the nucleus of the British forces stationed in Germany throughout the Cold War. The Fifth remained in Germany for the next eight years at; Wilster, Brunsbuttel, Hamm and Hohne. The Fifth was the first Armoured regiment to be issued with Centurion Tanks. He left the army in November 1949, one day before his 27th birthday. Primarily a driver of lorries, armoured vehicles and tanks, losing his two front teeth as he crashed into a tree taking a corner, as a dispatch rider, on a motorbike. During his time in Germany he was a corporal and PT Instructor, becoming extremely fit and running many long distance races. He was amongst a handful of athletes who ran sub 4 minute miles in the early 50's. However, Roger Bannister was the first to be officially recorded. Discharged on 28 Oct 1949 with an Exemplary Military conduct from 5th Royal Tank regiment.
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Lloyd Edward Capt.

LOADES, JOHN RICHARD (KIA)
Rank: Bombardier Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery Unit Text: 113 (2/5th Bn. The Durham Light Inf.) Lt. A.A. Regt. Age: 23 Date of Death: 28/11/1944 Service No: 11254046 Additional information: Son of Christopher Richard and Esther Annie Mary Loades; husband of Gwendoline Doris Loades, of Littlehampton, Sussex. Grave/Memorial Reference: IV. A. 8. Cemetery: VENRAY WAR CEMETERY
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

Long, John L (RASC)
Driver RASC Aged 38 On duty in May 1945 at Belsen. A week later he was taken ill, was flown to England, and died on June 15, from Leucemia. (Leucemia: A different spelling of leukemia, cancer of the blood cells. The growth and development of the blood cells are abnormal.)
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Long, Victor (1SAS)
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Lowe, Edward (Teddy) RAMCSubmitted by: Belsen Archive

LOWES, G S (KIA)
Gunner, 113th. KIA Normandy, 1944
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

Lyne, Major GeneralSubmitted by: Belsen Archive


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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…

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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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