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    Joy Taverner – Queen Alexandria’s Nurse

    My husband’s grandmother (now 82) was a nurse during the War and has a book-worth of stories to tell. The following are 2 letters that she has written to me describing her nursing work during the beach landings and entering Belsen…  219 total views

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    Pte S C Hurkett

    Pte S C Hurkett was born in Minster, in the  Isle of Sheppey. Enlisted/Conscripted 4 April 1940 to 6 DTC RASC (Herne Bay Kent) Posted to 59th Division Supply Column Qualified as butcher 301 Infantry Brigade Coy RASC, designation changed from Driver to Private Posted to 155 Details Issue Depot (DID) on  25 May 1943 based at Llandough Castle, Glamorgan, Wales 19 June 1943 Physical Training Instructor course returned to 155 DID As part of Airborne Corp 155 DID “enplaned 20th September 1944” – flying from Cottesmore 26th September as part of Airborne Forward Delivery Airfield(AFDAG) – including 1st Light Anti-Aircraft Battery flew in 209 Dakotas, escorted by 182 fighters of AFDG and…

  • Major N.A. Miller – 224th Parachute Field Ambulance, RAMC

    My grandfather, Nathaniel Miller FRCS (Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons) was a doctor in peacetime, and during WWII became a Major in the Royal Army Medical Corps (a British Army specialist corps providing medical services to all British Army personnel and their families in time of war and peace). This photo (below) hangs on my wall at home, taken in December 1944, several months after their unit’s involvement in the D-Day landings and Pegasus Bridge (a story for another day) and taken 5 months before the liberation of Bergen-Belsen. My grandfather is third from the right, front row, Major N.A. Miller. On 15 April 1945 Major Miller headed…

  • To Meet in Hell

    British doctor who was forced to play God in Belsen: He was one of the first to stumble on the horrors of the SS camp in a forest – now, 75 years on, a new book captures the depths of wickedness he witnessed as he struggled to decide who could be saved.  165 total views

  • History Learning Site Account

    When Bergen-Belsen was handed over to British troops in April 1945, little could have prepared them for what they saw at the concentration camp. Belsen had originally been built as a prison for those arrested in Nazi Germany itself. However, as the war in Europe drew to a close in 1945, prisoners from Eastern Europe had been moved to the camp. When the British got to Belsen on April 15th, the prisoners were in appalling conditions and between 400 to 500 were dying each day.  157 total views

  • Hugh Llewellyn Glyn Hughes – RAMC

    Brigadier Hugh Llewellyn Glyn Hughes, CBE, DSO & Two Bars, MC, MRCS (25 July 1892 – 24 November 1973). British military officer in the Royal Army Medical Corps and later medical administrator, educationalist and sports administrator. Hughes served in both the First and Second World War and is notable for his role in the care and rehabilitation of the victims of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.  253 total views

  • Jim Henderson (113th LAA)

    Faded photographs which have been weathered by time still convey the brutal horrors a young soldier witnessed when he helped liberate a Nazi death camp.  202 total views