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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Thompson, JE (Flight Officer) RCAF
My grandfather, F/O James Ernest Thompson of 437 sqn RCAF. More
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Berger, Monty (RCAF)
After the wing arrived in Germany, Mr. Berger and some friends borrowed a Jeep to visit the just liberated Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. He was shocked to find that, because of manpower shortages, Hungarian guards who had been working for the SS only days before were still guarding inmates. The sight of unburied bodies, most them Jews, shocked him even more. "I was sick to my stomach. Overcome with revulsion," he said in his memoirs. "Those images stay fresh in my mind. I am outraged and recall them vividly when I hear someone claim the Holocaust never happened."
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Creelman, Lyle
Canadian Ms. Creelman was sent first to England and a year later to Germany as Chief Nurse of the British Occupied Zone. She was in charge of nursing at Bergen-Belsen after the British liberated the concentration camp. (REF. Direct quote)
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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.
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Moore, Patrick
D Company, No.3 Commando More
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Lewis, Dennis
1st Battalion, The Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry More
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Bunting, Josephine (Red Cross)
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Scarsbrook, Norman Earnest (11th Armoured Div)
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Hardy, Bert (AFPU)
Photographer. More
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Williams, Eryl Hall (FRS)Submitted by: Belsen Archive


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Cartoonist,Ronald Giles,famous as simply "Giles" is remembered for his work published in the British daily newspaper, the Daily Express.In April Read more
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Stanley Winfield was born in August of 1923 in Calgary, Alberta. He left Calgary in 1941 to join the Royal Read more
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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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Craig P. Gilbert was born on August 13, 1925 in Manhattan. He graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts in Read more
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John was born on 10 March 1919 in Ramsbottom in Lancashire and was proud of his half-Irish parentage. After schooling Read more

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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