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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.
After the Great war she and her mother moved to India, but she returned as a young woman at the outbreak of WWII. She joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service in 1939, serving as a driver, and she was with the first troops to enter the Nazi concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen in 1945. She went on to become a determined member of MI5, serving as a mole in the Communist Party of Great Britain, and later monitoring IRA activities in Barcelona -from a flat underneath their safe house.

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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