Welcome this new archive relating 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.
There are currently 33 names in this directory beginning with the letter P.
Palfreeman, George (113 LAA)
Birth: 21 Dec 1907 Stockton-on-Tees, Durham, England
Submitted by: Belsen Archive
Pares, Andrew (Captain)
Adjutant of the 113th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, The Royal Artillery TA
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive
Parker, Edgar Samuel
My late father was a transport driver with the rasc 19.s.t. Coy and according to his records was on regular runs to the POW camp in Baydon for a few years. On the 26 August 1944 his record is marked "embarked for BLA". He was in NWE until 1946. His release paper states he was released in Belgium and it is dated 31 January 1946. The unit number also has 19.S.T. (206) Coy against it. 59 COY GEN TPT RASC
Submitted by: Archive
My grandfather, Bill Parkinson, was among the British soldiers who went into #BergenBelsen in 1945
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PARRY, LESLIE JOHN (KIA) (113 LAA)
Name: PARRY, LESLIE JOHN
Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery
Unit Text: 368 Bty. 113 (2/5th Bn. The Durham Light Infantry) Lt. A.A. Regt.
Date of Death: 14/09/1944
Location: Joe's Bridge
Service No: 14290685
Additional information: Son of William George and Ellen Georgina Parry; husband of Winifred Catherine Parry, of Camberwell, London.
Grave/Memorial Reference: III. A. 19.
Cemetery: LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY
Gnr Parry was good friend of Frank Moreham and he was killed crossing the bridge next to Frank. His widow Winifred refused to accept news of his death until visited by Frank on Leave who gave her a personal account. Joe's Bridge is the nickname given to Bridge No.9 on the Bocholt-Herentals Canal outside the town of Neerpelt, in the Belgian city of Lommel just south of the Belgian-Dutch border. The bridge was captured by British troops in September 1944, becoming the springboard for the ground offensive of Operation Market-Garden.
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…
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.
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: email@example.com – Thank you
Any 113th Durham Light Infantry friends or family are encouraged to get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org
** 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.