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My Dad Robert McGowan front left in Belsen (R.A.M.C.)

My fathers name was Robert McGowan 1919-1965 his army number was 7361622 though there does not seem to be any trace of it so maybe wrong. He was in Belsen and though never spoke of it much I have snippets of stories he would tell after he had a few drinks about the horrors they witnessed like cannibalism among the prisoners as they were starving.

They would bury two at a time one under each arm also getting injections every day against the various diseases that were in the camp. We had some sad times when my Father would cry at the thought of what he had seen in this hell of a place.

He died in 1965 at the age of 45 from a disease he got in Belsen. R.I.P. to all the victims of this atrocity known and unknown.

Submitted by Robert McGowan (Son)

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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