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James Norman Matthews

James Norman Matthews – some photographs sent back to home while he was stationed abroad i.e. France, Antwerp Oct 1944, Brunswick West Germany Aug 1945. Assisted the liberation of Belsen POW camp. He was entitled to wear two cap badges – Royal Honourable Artillery.Liberation of Bergen Belsen
James (Centre), Antwerp, Oct 1944.

Rowington Road, Oldfield, Warwickshire, England
Born: James Norman Matthews 14 December 1908,
Passed away on 10 December 1989 at Kettering General Hospital, Northamptonshire, England.

Liberation of Bergen Belsen
It had an overwhelming effect on James, I still hear his words, ‘awful’, ‘awful’, ‘awful’. James said that the prisoners were so emaciated that liberating troops were unable to offer food as it would have killed them. There were 60,000 prisoners packed together without food, water or sanitation, diseased and left to die. Thousands of bodies lay unburied around the camp.

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This archive has been established after my own relative, Reg Price, took part in the liberation and subsequent humanitarian effort of Bergen Belsen in April 1945. Reg produced this famous sign at Belsen. As part of the 113th DLI, Reg and his comrades were at Belsen for 5 weeks and left when the last hut was empty and ceremonially burnt down. This archive compiles all available resources to build a lasting tribute to all the men and women who helped - any unit, any nationality. 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: liberator@belsen.co.ukThank you Nick Price CreativesFacebookTwitter