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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Reece, Tom
My Dad was a cook attached to the Royal Engineers he had been with then since the planning for the Pluto fuel line at the Isle of Wight then Normandy France Belgium Holland Germany (Belsen) although little did he talk about his experiences he did say how they had to dilute soup so the prisoners could tolerate it as it had been so long since they had anything at all and any food was impossible for them it was doing more harm than good. My Dad was TPW(Tom) REECE 410099 army catering corps. Before the war he was in the Shropshire Yeomanry and a baker in civilian life, that's how he came to be in the catering corps, he didn't have an option.
Submitted by: John Reece

Butcher, Edward Harry
Royal Armoured Corps— Regular Army Emergency Commissions Butcher, E. H. (W.S./Lt. 1/10/42) (T/Capt. 22/11/45) 2nd Lt. 27/9/41 In Apr 1946 Army List still showing, in Aug 1946 List showing as being released by the with honorary rank of Lt. ROYAL AIR FORCE. GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH. To be Plt. Offs. (tempy.) on being employed with the R.A.F. 3rd Feb. 1943: — Edward Harry BUTCHER (Lt., R.A.C.) (51055). Flg. Off. to Flt. Lt. (war subs.): — 3rd Feb. 1945. E.H. BUTCHER (Lt. R.A.C.) (51055). Commission relinquished. Flt. Lt. E. H. BUTCHER (Lt. R.A.C.) ( 51055) (on return to Army duty). 29th May 1945 More to follow
Submitted by: Michael Butcher

McGowan, Robert (RAMC)
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Black, Arnold RCAF 437 Squadron
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Zelikovitz, William “Bill” RCAF 437 Squadron
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Sproule, Jack RCAF 437 Squadron
26-year-old commander of Squadron 437 More
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Porter, Pete RCAF, 437 Squadron
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Vandermeer, Jim RCAF 437 Squadron
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Delson, Ben RCAF
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Bayefsky, Aba (Canadian War Artist)
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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: – Thank you


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** 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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