• Michael Lyne

    Michael Lyne joined the fire service in Bodmin when he was just 15 years old in 1942. He says: “Cornwall was a massively busy place. They did a lot of the bombing of the U-Boats pens in France from St Eval. “There were heaps of Canadians Air Force Crews. The Americans were coming and going all the time. “We had eight operational air forces in Cornwall during the war. People seemed to think that nothing happened down here. “We had a training anti-aircraft establishment at Bude, then we came down the operations airfield at Davidstow, then St Merryn, the St Eval, St Mawgan, Perranporth, Nancekuke, and then Predannick on the…

  • Walter Stott

    Huddersfield soldier Walter Stott was one of the first soldiers to enter Belsen Concentration Camp. His testimony was part of an act of commemoration in Dewsbury on April 15th, 2005 – 60 years after the camp was surrendered to the British.  122 total views

  • Thomas Gibson – Medical Student

    During early April a notice appeared in the Medical Schools of the London hospitals asking for twelve volunteers from each to make up a party of a hundred students, whose object would be to treat starvation cases in Holland under the auspices of the Red Cross.  334 total views

  • Liberation of Bergen Belsen

    American Field Service

      Shortly after liberation, a contingent of around seventy* American Field Service (AFS) ambulance drivers from C and D Platoons of the 567 Company (Coy) was called in to assist in what became a seven-week mission offering aid to the survivors of the camp. Ambulance drivers from the D Platoon under the command of Lieutenant Murray drove to Lübeck on the Baltic to retrieve 130 German nurses to assist with the evacuation of the camp. A section of the C Platoon under the command of W.J. Bell volunteered to assist with stretcher-bearing details and distribution of meals to the survivors. *(76) Ref. AFS deeply honors the seventy AFS Ambulance Drivers…

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    Julia Pirie

    Elizabeth Mary Julia Pirie, known to her family as Elizabeth but later as Julia was born at Harbury, Warwickshire July 8th, 1918.  499 total views

  • Luba Tryszynska – The Angel of Belsen

    Her own 3-year-old son had been torn from her arms and died in the gas chambers of Auschwitz. But on her second night in the Bergen-Belsen Nazi concentration camp, the woman who became known as the “Angel of Belsen” acted as any mother would when she heard children crying.  136 total views

  • William Dillon Hughes

    William Dillon Hughes (son of Richard Hughes and Hannah Barton) was born 23 December 1900 in Ardglass, County Down, Ireland, and died 13 December 1999.  199 total views