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.
UPDATE: 19th April.
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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Salt Charles

Salt, Sidney (113th LAA)
Just started to try and find out more about my father who was in 113th LAA. I think 370 bty. His name was Sidney Salt and I think he was listed as a mechanic on the transport. Definately went to Belsen and also Bad Pyrmont where we have visited and stayed in actual guest house he was billeted in
Submitted by: Ron Salt

Sanderson, Joseph Wyatt (113th LAA)*
369 Battery, 113 Durham Light Infantry Mentioned in Despatches c April 10, 1945 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/1030022185 (Incl Photo of 369 Battery) Birth: 23 Nov 1914 Death: May 1998 Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

Sands, Mary (Sister)
Number 32 Casualty Clearing Station OR No 11 Field Ambulance Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps (QA)
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Sangster, John Mackay
My dad John Mackay Sangster was a member of 141 RAC the Buffs flame thrower tank regiment. He was in Belsen at the liberation and then another two years until 1947. He never spoke about it but I have some momentos of his time there. One of the prisoners there made him a wooden cigarette box that is a prized possession of mine. Another item is the telegram sent to him in Belsen that he had become a dad with my big brother being born.
Submitted by: Kenneth Sangster

Sanker, Louis Morris. Rev
Rev. Dr. Louis Morris Sanker (born in 1909) ministered to Bristol Hebrew Congregation. He joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve on 1 September 1944 and was appointed on 17 November the Senior Jewish Chaplain to the 2nd Tactical Airforce Rear in the rank of Squadron Leader. Sanker arrived in Belsen some ten days after its liberation and spent a week there. He arranged for Air Force units to contribute everything they could spare to alleviate the suffering there, and vast quantities of food and supplies were donated. One Royal Air Force Reserve squadron went on biscuits for two days to allow the white bread to go to Belsen. Sanker took Hardman to a Royal Canadian Air Force unit, and after Hardman had talked with their officers the medical officer ransacked his whole medical room and the officers contributed and sent in truckloads of food and medical supplies
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Saville, Albert (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA (TA) Enlistment Date: 07/03/1939
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Scarsbrook, Norman Earnest (11th Armoured Div)
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Schofield, Edgar (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 29/07/1940
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Schofield, John Edward
Royal Army Medical Corps between 1941 and 1946. He was one of the first medical officers to be allowed into Belsen concentration camp after its liberation. His shocking accounts of the atrocities there were too horrific to record, although he maintained some diaries which he later destroyed. On demobilisation, he started his anaesthetic career by being appointed the first resident anaesthetist to Manchester Royal Infirmary. Registrar and senior registrar appointments followed. In 1950 he was appointed to the South Manchester Group of Hospitals and set about forming a department of anaesthesia which ultimately became the university department of anaesthesia. “Uncle Jack,” as he was affectionately known by his colleagues, retired in 1981.
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Scholes, Thomas (58th LAA)
An Officer selected Tom and 3 others to follow him with their trucks that towed water carriers. They had no idea where they were going but, eventually, they arrived at Belsen Concentration Camp. The visit lasted about 4 hours, during which time all they could do was leave some water at the Medical Core. More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Scott, C (113th, 370 Battery)
From Workington
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Scott, John (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA (TA) Enlistment Date: 06/03/1939
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Scott, Lt. J.G. (RAMC)
224th Parachute Field Ambulance, RAMC More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Scott, Robert Gordon (AFS)
Volunteed for ATS in February 1944 and served initially in Italy.
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Scrimshaw, R S Lt (113th LAA)
(113th LAA)
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

Seekings, Reg (Sergeant-Major) (1SAS)
First in: SAS More More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Shannon, George (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 04/04/1939
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Sharman, Basil (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 16/09/1940
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Sharp, Charles P (Major) (113 LAA)
113th Durham LAA 368 Battery 143090
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Shatwell, Jack
Royal engineers attached to a tank regiment, combat engineer.
Submitted by: Ian K Ridley

Shaw, Fanny Eliza "Ida" (Capt.) RAMC
1910–1976 Birth 18 OCT 1910 • Kingsley, Staffordshire Death 12 DEC 1976 • Fenham Newcastle upon Tyne Served at Tobruk and Bergen-Belsen
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Shaw, John William (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA (TA) Enlistment Date: 02/02/1939
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Shellard Arthur Thomas

Shelley, Eric William (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA (TA) Enlistment Date: 13/04/1939
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Shepheard, William Atheral George
Army Medical Corps More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Shepherd, Walter (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA (TA) Enlistment Date: 16/09/1940
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Shepherd, Walter Ernest Arthur (Jack)
113th Light A A Unit.
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

Sheridan Roger

Shethar, Norman (AFS)
American Field Service
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Shillito, Harold Wilkinson (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA (TA) Enlistment Date: 16/09/1940
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Shord, Eileen Norah
She joined up with the ATS when 17 but had a number of roles when in Germany I think including nursing. More
Submitted by: Danielle Branch

Shotton, Arthur (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 25/05/1939
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Sigston, William (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA (TA) Enlistment Date: 16/09/1940
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Silverberg, Morris Roger (Medical Student)
University College London
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Sim David Gordon

Simons, Barry (Sir)Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Simpson, Fred (32nd CCS)
British NCO served with 146th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps and 30th British General Hospital in GB and Iceland, 1939-1942; served with 32nd Casualty Clearing Station, Royal Army Medical Corps in GB and North West Europe, 1942-1945 Audio Recording via IWM
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Simpson, James (Pioneer Corps)
1908 - 1964 (Aged 55) "Commandant at Belsen" Ref at Belsen by 18th June, 45
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Sinclair, David John (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA (TA) Enlistment Date: 16/09/1940
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Singleton, Kenneth (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA (TA) Enlistment Date: 15/07/1940
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Sington, Derrick
C/O 14 Amplifier Unit More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Skeggs, Harry
32nd Casualty Clearing Division More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Skinn, Alpheus (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 16/09/1940
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

SKINNER, HAROLD (KIA)
Name: SKINNER, HAROLD Rank: Gunner Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery Unit Text: 113 (2/5th Bn. The Durham Light Inf.) Lt. A.A. Regt. Age: 22 Date of Death: 07/07/1944 Service No: 1780611 Additional information: Son of William Thomas Skinner and Emily Winifred Skinner, of Brockenhurst, Hampshire. Grave/Memorial Reference: I. B. 2. Cemetery: SECQUEVILLE-EN-BESSIN WAR CEMETERY
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

Slade, Christopher
225 Company Pioneer Corp 21 Army Group and was moved to 71 Company Pioneer Corp, then 229 Detachment Military Government. 6 sections of the company were moved to Belsen in May 1945. Christopher was then part of the British Army of the Rhine and part of the 618 Military Government ‘R’ Detachment. Christopher was at Belsen until around June 1946, and was awarded a papal medal by the Vatical Mission at Belsen in March1946. While at Belsen he met Marlene Dietrich in relation to Marlene’s sister Elizabeth.
Submitted by: Archive

Small, Gunner (113th LAA)
(113th LAA)
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

Smallwood, Geoffrey (Major) War Crimes Unit
Arrived 27th April. Heading up a Scratch Team of researchers for War Crimes. No. 1 War Crimes Investigation Team. (WCIT)
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Smart, Owen (Sergeant)
‘Before we entered the camp I had never heard of Bergen-Belsen. I knew nothing of what had been going on. We heard about atrocities, which are bantered backwards and forwards, but we didn’t realise really what it was, and then it was just after that, that all the rest of it came about, other camps just like Belsen. 'But to me the name Belsen after that was shocking. I didn’t see anything of the inmates in the prison really. I saw a few, possibly the remainders of those that were fit enough to be put into a hospital – but I didn’t see many of the actual people. They had been taken away, or the remains of them. That was awful... There’s no doubt that after seeing something like what had gone on in Belsen, it does stay in your mind and never goes away.’
Submitted by: Archive

Smeaton, Frederick George (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 02/03/1939
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Smith-Roberts, Claude Stanley (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 15/07/1940
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Smith, (Gunner) 63rd ATR
249 63rd ATR More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Smith, A (113th, 370 Battery)
From Sheffield
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Smith, Arthur James
3rd division dispatch driver. Drove a high ranking official into the camp to be signed over to the British. He rode his motorcycle with the official in a side car, passing the armed SS guards who were leaving the camp. The two were on their own travelling in without any protection. What he saw in that camp haunted him until the day he died aged 94.
Submitted by: Helen Mickish (granddaughter)

Smith, Charles Edward (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 30/09/1940
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Smith, David Robertson (Medical Student)
Before qualifying, he joined a group of final year medical students working in relief work at Belsen just after the liberation of the camp. This affected him deeply and he remained reticent on the subject.
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Smith, Fred
Trooper
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Smith, George (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA (TA) Enlistment Date: 16/09/1940
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Smith, J (Sgt)
113th Durham Light Infantry RA 370 Battery
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

Smith, Leslie Charles
RASC

Smith, R, C. Battery Sergeant Major (63rd ATR)
249 Battery 6rd Anti Tank Regiment
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Smith, Robert (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 16/09/1940
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Smithson, Sydney (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 18/05/1939
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Smurthwaite, Frederich (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 30/09/1940
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Southwood, William Aubrey
63rd Wessex Regt. Recce Corps Royal Armoured Corp More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Spavin, George Albert (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA (TA) Enlistment Date: 15/07/1940
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Spavin, John Edward (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 10/04/1939
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Spottiswoode Col.

Sproule, Jack RCAF 437 Squadron
26-year-old commander of Squadron 437 More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Stagnetto Lewis Sgt.

Standing, RonnieSubmitted by: Belsen Archive

Standring, Frederick (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 15/07/1940
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Stephenson, Gerald (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 16/09/1940
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Stephenson, Harry (113th LAA)
(113th LAA)
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

Stephenson, John (Medical Student)
Medical Student. St Thomas.
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Stevenson John

Stewart, Alexander Bryce (Capt.) MO
Bryce enlisted as Medical Orderly, served in various regiments, ending the war as M.O. Belsen after the concentration camp was liberated. 1916–2004 Birth 19 AUG 1916 • Manchester, Lancashire, England Death 15 OCT 2004 • Poole Hospital, Dorset, England
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Stewart, David (Rev)Submitted by: Robert Thompson

Stewart, Hugh (No.5 AFPU)
Major. MBE 14 December 1910 to 30 May 2011 Beginning his career as an editor, Stewart worked on The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) and The Spy In Black (1939). During the war he filmed the real life horrors of a liberated Belsen, and later produced films for Norman Wisdom, Morecambe and Wise and the Children’s Film Foundation.
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Stoddart, George Edward (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 22/11/1938
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Stone, Joseph Ellis (Capt) (32 CSS)
More Doctor 32 Casualty Clearing Station
Submitted by: Rebecca Sharkey

Story, Eric Guy (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 16/09/1940
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Stott, Sam (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 30/09/1940
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Stott, Walter
11th Armoured Division More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Straight, Edwin (Major) RASC
11th Armoured Division, Royal Army Service Corps
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Strange David McPherson

Stretch, Thomas James (Padre)
Featured on film “Reverend T.J. Stretch, attached as padre to the formation concerning this camp. My home is at Fishguard. My parish is at Holy Trinity Church Aberystwyth.” More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Strezbak, Henri (Lt) (113th LAA)
(113th LAA)
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

Stringer, Eric
1917–2002 Birth 1917 • Croydon, Surrey Death JUN 2002 • Worthing, West Sussex, England More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Stringer, Frank (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 16/09/1940
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Stroud, H (Capt.) (113 LAA)Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Stych, Fred (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA (TA) Enlistment Date: 16/09/1940
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Summers, James F (113 LAA)
Born 25 Feb, 1912 Lived Leamington Spa
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Sumpster, A D Lt (113th LAA)
(113th LAA) Possibly Antony Douglas b: 15 Dec 1918 Petersfield, Hampshire
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive

Super, Arthur Saul (Rabbi & Dr)
Rabbi Dr. Arthur Saul Super, a Chaplain with the British army, was present at the liberation of Belsen. (He was my late wife’s uncle). Photo
Submitted by: Chaim Freedman

Sutton, Albert (Paddy) RAF
RAF More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Sutton, Edwin Oliver (Reverend)
My grandfather Edwin Oliver Sutton was born in Hankow, China (a district of Wuhan) in 1902. He was a Methodist minister and served as a chaplain in the British Army in the second world war. He joined the newly formed 11th Armoured Division – known as the ‘Black Bull’ – under Field Marshal Montgomery, and he was one of the first Allied soldiers to participate in the liberation of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp 75 years ago today. Apparently, one of his main tasks was assisting with burying the bodies and helping to mark the graves of those who died in that camp. More
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Sutton, Ernest (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA (TA) Enlistment Date: 16/09/1940
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/Belsen Archive

Sweetapple, George Edward Phillip
REME
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Swift, Edmund (Rev)
Rev Father Edmund Swift, SJ, Roman Catholic Chaplain to 81 British General Hospital. “On the first day of their gruesome task of burying the corpses, a party of the Wehrmacht [German] soldiers broke down completely. Having deposited about two dozen bodies in the grave, a corporal ripped off his Iron Cross and stamped it in the ground. The rest of the company followed suit and tore off their badges and decorations in sheer disgust.”
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Sydenstricker, Virgil P. Lt. Col.
Head of the Nutrition Section, Health Division, UNRRA Visited the camp shortly after liberation
Submitted by: Belsen Archive

Sykes, Lawrence (113 LAA)
55 Searchlight Regt RA: 113th LAA Enlistment Date: 16/09/1940
Submitted by: 113th DLI Archive/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: liberator@belsen.co.uk – 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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