The Liberation of Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp

Welcome this new archive relating and dedicated to the men and women service personnel and the part they played at the Liberation and subsequent Humanitarian Effort of the Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp in 1945: The Liberation of Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp.
Thank you to everyone who submitted a name/details to coincide with the anniversary of the liberation of Bergen Belsen – we’ll go through all your submissions, moderate and add them on. If you have a photo or any more details please email us. Thank you.

We are now inviting any relatives of service personnel who may have been at the camp to get in touch. Any regiment, service, nationality, volunteer or any snippet of information – we would like to hear from you. We do not believe there are any records of the diverse group of men and women, many completely untrained, who were involved with the camp, after it’s liberation.

Those That Served

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There are currently 21 names in this directory beginning with the letter O.
O' Hara, Hugh
11th Armoured Brigade Bulldozer driver at Belsen More
Submitted by: Archive

O'Brien, Hugh Felix Lt. (71 LAA)
71 LAA. 210 Battery
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

O'Brien, Walter (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 00/01/1900
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

O'Grady, Gerald
63rd Anti-tank regiment. He was in the Oxfordshire Yeomanry which became the 63rd anti-tank regiment. I know he was among those who liberated Belsen, but I don’t know any more details than that. We used to have a Belsen Report which he brought back from there, but unfortunately we can’t find it now. His name was Gerald Vigors De Courcy O’Grady and I think he may have been a Major in 1944. He later become a Lt Col.
Submitted by: Faith O\'Grady

O'Neill, Edwin (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 16/09/1940
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

O'Reagain, S.P.C., Capt. RAMC
224th Parachute Field Ambulance, RAMC More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

O'Shaughnessy, Daniel (MP)
Military Policeman. Seen on cine and still film with Hungarian guard at Belsen camp. Dated April 16th.
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

O’Connell, Ronald Daniel
Please email us and tell us more John (ED)
Submitted by: John O\'Connell

Oakes, Harry Sgt. (AFPU)
No 5 Army Film and Photographic Unit More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Ogilvie/Bower Iris

Oglethorpe Helen Miss

Oliphant, James Willis (11th Armoured Div)
James Willis Oliphant served with the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry all through the war, latterly with the 2nd Fifes as part of 11th Armoured Division, the Black Bull which liberated Belsen
Submitted by: Brian Cunniffe

Oliver, John Baman (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA (2/5 Durham Lt Infantry) Enlistment Date: 26/04/1939
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

ones, George Hamley (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA (TA) Enlistment Date: 18/04/1940
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Oram, A.R. Col.
9 Br General Hospital. Arrived 'a few days later (from liberation) with 600 beds
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Osborn, Lewis Clive (Capt.) (113 LAA)
113th LAA 370 battery
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Osborn, Mike (Colonel)
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Osborne, William Harold
Sapper Royal Engineers
Submitted by: Raymond Osborne

Osoki, David
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Owen, George
RASC Driver - 11th Armoured Division. Killed in action near Luneberg on 15 April 1945 and laid to rest in Becklingen War Cemetery.
Submitted by: Graham Brown

Owen, W (113th LAA)
Gunner. Pownall-place, fulham Ref: Daily Mirror, June 8th 1951
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

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This site will progress and I’d encourage anyone with any info to get in touch. My granddad, Reg Price served with the 113th Durham Light Infantry*, as part of 369 Battery. As a signwriter, he produced this sign…

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The Sign at the Liberation of Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp

And this was kept in the family for years – so for the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Belsen in 2020, subsequent VE Day and VJ Day, I thought it’s about time I’d try to find out more about Reg – his comrades (many of which are names, simply written on the back of photos), what they did together and for a way to remember them all, properly.

To coinicide with the anniversary, I was able to be filmed both on national and local BBC TV to tell Reg’s Story.
Whilst this was totally out of my comfort zone and I dreaded every moment – I decided I needed to do something to start this all off. BBC Midlands Today aired 7th May and a VE Day Antiques Roadshow Special aired Sunday 10th May.

Read here about The Heroes of Belsen.

The main photo, shown here was coloured for the 75th Anniversary and we’ll tell you all about it shortly – and what happened next!

*Just 113th Durham Light Infantry? No we are interested in all Service and Medical personnel who took part during the humanitarian effort at Belsen Concentration Camp. Their roles and names are largely forgotten, as many were too horrified to ever speak of what they had to do, so this archive seeks to form a tribute to ALL those that were there, to find out more and to remember them.
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: – Thank you


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** In 1938 the old 5th Battalion DLI changed its role to Searchlights and then in 1940 to Anti-Aircraft. This 113th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment went to Normandy in June 1944 and joined the advance into Germany in early 1945.
Official designation – Brigade: 100 AA • Division: 30 Corps. • Unit: 113 LAA Regt. RA (DLI) TA.

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Names of British soldiers who liberated Belsen

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