• M.G. Morrison

    Father Michael Morrison

    Five years ago I was invited to give a series of lectures aboard The World, a luxurious ship owned by its super-rich residents which cruises (pace Matthew Arnold): “Round the world for ever and aye”. The day before I disembarked in Sicily, one of them asked me to lunch. “I’d like to give you a book,” he said.  252 total views

  • Liberation of Bergen Belsen

    Major Jos Mark

    From his teens until his death last week at the age of 95, Jos Mark was committed to his country and to those who gave their lives to protect it.  178 total views

  • Major Dick Williams

    Sixty years ago 24-year-old Dick Williams set off through the woods of northern Germany in search of a “refugee” camp. The previous day, a German officer had agreed to hand the camp over to the advancing British.  199 total views

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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