• Liberation of Bergen Belsen

    Medical Students: At the Camp

    The first students arrived at Belsen at the end of April 1945, with the remaining students reaching the camp at the beginning of May 1945. Following a briefing by Meiklejohn on 2 May 1945, they began work at Camp 1 the following day.  261 total views

  • James Learmonth Gowans: Medical Student

    Sir James Learmonth Gowans CBE FRS FRCP (7 May 1924 – 1 April 2020) was a British physician and immunologist. In 1945 while studying medicine at King’s College Hospital, he assisted at the liberated Bergen-Belsen concentration camp as a voluntary medical student.  55 total views

  • David Sells Hurwood: Guys Medical Student

    In 1945, while still a medical student, David volunteered for service in Europe at Belsen concentration camp. Upon his return it was discovered that he had contracted tuberculosis and at one stage he was not expected to survive.  40 total views

  • John Reynolds – Medical Student

    “It deeply affected him and his trust in human nature,” says Anne Stephenson of her father John Reynolds, one of 95 London medical students who arrived at the notorious Belsen concentration camp in May 1945 to help care for survivors wracked by disease and starvation.  168 total views

  • John Hankinson, Medical Student

    John was born on 10 March 1919 in Ramsbottom in Lancashire and was proud of his half-Irish parentage. After schooling in Thornleigh College, Bolton, he graduated from St Mary’s Hospital Medical School in 1946.  341 total views

  • Liberation of Bergen Belsen

    Alan MacAuslan – Medical Student

    While studying at St Thomas’ Hospital, medical student Alan MacAuslan joined a volunteer party of aid relief comprising of medical students from London’s teaching hospitals.  308 total views

  • ‘Dick’ Everett Jenkins – Medical Student

    In April 1945, just before the Second World War ended, nearly 100 medical students from across London volunteered to support the British army. In this group, there were students from St Mary’s Medical School and Westminster Medical School, two of the schools that formed Imperial College School of Medicine. 75 years on, we want to share their stories and celebrate their courage.  186 total views