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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Salt Charles

Salt, Sidney (113th LAA)
Just started to try and find out more about my father who was in 113th LAA. I think 370 bty. His name was Sidney Salt and I think he was listed as a mechanic on the transport. Definately went to Belsen and also Bad Pyrmont where we have visited and stayed in actual guest house he was billeted in
Submitted by: Ron Salt

Sanderson, Joseph Wyatt
369 Battery, 113 Durham Light Infantry Mentioned in Despatches c April 10, 1945 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/1030022185
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

Sands Mary

Scarsbrook, Norman Earnest (11th Armoured Div)
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Schofield John Edward

Scholes, Thomas (58th LAA)
An Officer selected Tom and 3 others to follow him with their trucks that towed water carriers. They had no idea where they were going but, eventually, they arrived at Belsen Concentration Camp. The visit lasted about 4 hours, during which time all they could do was leave some water at the Medical Core. More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Scott, C (113th, 370 Battery)
From Workington
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Scott, Lt. J.G. (RAMC)
224th Parachute Field Ambulance, RAMC More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Scott, Robert Gordon (AFS)
Volunteed for ATS in February 1944 and served initially in Italy.
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Seekings, Reg (Sergeant-Major) (1SAS)
First in: SAS More More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Sharp, Charles P (Major) (113 LAA)
113th Durham LAA 368 Battery 143090
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Shaw, Fanny Eliza "Ida" (Capt.) RAMC
1910–1976 Birth 18 OCT 1910 • Kingsley, Staffordshire Death 12 DEC 1976 • Fenham Newcastle upon Tyne Served at Tobruk and Bergen-Belsen
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Shellard Arthur Thomas

Shepherd, Walter Ernest Arthur (Jack)
113th Light A A Unit.
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

Sheridan Roger

Shethar, Norman (AFS)
American Field Service
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Silverberg Morris Roger

Sim David Gordon

Simons, Barry (Sir)Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Simpson, Fred (32nd CCS)
British NCO served with 146th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps and 30th British General Hospital in GB and Iceland, 1939-1942; served with 32nd Casualty Clearing Station, Royal Army Medical Corps in GB and North West Europe, 1942-1945 Audio Recording via IWM
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Simpson, James (Pioneer Corps)
1908 - 1964 (Aged 55) "Commandant at Belsen" Ref at Belsen by 18th June, 45
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Sington, Derrick
63rd Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery
Submitted by: Archive

Skeggs, Harry
32nd Casualty Clearing Division
Submitted by: Archive

SKINNER, HAROLD (KIA)
Name: SKINNER, HAROLD Rank: Gunner Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery Unit Text: 113 (2/5th Bn. The Durham Light Inf.) Lt. A.A. Regt. Age: 22 Date of Death: 07/07/1944 Service No: 1780611 Additional information: Son of William Thomas Skinner and Emily Winifred Skinner, of Brockenhurst, Hampshire. Grave/Memorial Reference: I. B. 2. Cemetery: SECQUEVILLE-EN-BESSIN WAR CEMETERY
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

Slade, Christopher
225 Company Pioneer Corp 21 Army Group and was moved to 71 Company Pioneer Corp, then 229 Detachment Military Government. 6 sections of the company were moved to Belsen in May 1945. Christopher was then part of the British Army of the Rhine and part of the 618 Military Government ‘R’ Detachment. Christopher was at Belsen until around June 1946, and was awarded a papal medal by the Vatical Mission at Belsen in March1946. While at Belsen he met Marlene Dietrich in relation to Marlene’s sister Elizabeth.
Submitted by: Archive

Smart, Owen (Sergeant)
‘Before we entered the camp I had never heard of Bergen-Belsen. I knew nothing of what had been going on. We heard about atrocities, which are bantered backwards and forwards, but we didn’t realise really what it was, and then it was just after that, that all the rest of it came about, other camps just like Belsen. 'But to me the name Belsen after that was shocking. I didn’t see anything of the inmates in the prison really. I saw a few, possibly the remainders of those that were fit enough to be put into a hospital – but I didn’t see many of the actual people. They had been taken away, or the remains of them. That was awful... There’s no doubt that after seeing something like what had gone on in Belsen, it does stay in your mind and never goes away.’
Submitted by: Archive

Smith David Robertson

Smith, A (113th, 370 Battery)
From Sheffield
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Smith, Fred
Trooper
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Smith, J (Sgt)
113th Durham Light Infantry RA 370 Battery
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

Smith, Leslie Charles
RASC

Smith, R, C. Battery Sergeant Major (63rd ATR)
249 Battery 6rd Anti Tank Regiment
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Spottiswoode Col.

Sproule, Jack RCAF 437 Squadron
26-year-old commander of Squadron 437 More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Stagnetto Lewis Sgt.

Standing, RonnieSubmitted by: Belsen Archive

Stephenson, John (Medical Student)
Medical Student. St Thomas.
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Stevenson John

Stewart Alexander Bryce Capt.

Stewart, David (Rev)Submitted by: Robert Thompson

Stewart, Hugh (No.5 AFPU)
Major. MBE 14 December 1910 to 30 May 2011 Beginning his career as an editor, Stewart worked on The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) and The Spy In Black (1939). During the war he filmed the real life horrors of a liberated Belsen, and later produced films for Norman Wisdom, Morecambe and Wise and the Children’s Film Foundation.
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Stone, Joseph Ellis (Capt) (32 CSS)
More Doctor 32 Casualty Clearing Station
Submitted by: Rebecca Sharkey

Straight, Edwin (Major) RASC
11th Armoured Division, Royal Army Service Corps
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Strange David McPherson

Stretch, Thomas James (Padre)
Featured on film “Reverend T.J. Stretch, attached as padre to the formation concerning this camp. My home is at Fishguard. My parish is at Holy Trinity Church Aberystwyth.” More
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Stringer, Eric
1917–2002 Birth 1917 • Croydon, Surrey Death JUN 2002 • Worthing, West Sussex, England More
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Stroud, H (Capt.) (113 LAA)Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Summers, James F (113 LAA)
Born 25 Feb, 1912 Lived Leamington Spa
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Super, Arthur Saul (Rabbi & Dr)
Rabbi Dr. Arthur Saul Super, a Chaplain with the British army, was present at the liberation of Belsen. (He was my late wife’s uncle). Photo
Submitted by: Chaim Freedman

Sutton, Albert (Paddy) RAF
RAF More
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Sutton, Edwin Oliver (Reverend)
My grandfather Edwin Oliver Sutton was born in Hankow, China (a district of Wuhan) in 1902. He was a Methodist minister and served as a chaplain in the British Army in the second world war. He joined the newly formed 11th Armoured Division – known as the ‘Black Bull’ – under Field Marshal Montgomery, and he was one of the first Allied soldiers to participate in the liberation of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp 75 years ago today. Apparently, one of his main tasks was assisting with burying the bodies and helping to mark the graves of those who died in that camp. More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Sweetapple George Edward Phillip

Swift, Edmund (Rev)
Rev Father Edmund Swift, SJ, Roman Catholic Chaplain to 81 British General Hospital. “On the first day of their gruesome task of burying the corpses, a party of the Wehrmacht [German] soldiers broke down completely. Having deposited about two dozen bodies in the grave, a corporal ripped off his Iron Cross and stamped it in the ground. The rest of the company followed suit and tore off their badges and decorations in sheer disgust.”
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Sydenstricker, Virgil P. Lt. Col.
UNRRA nutrition section.
Submitted 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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