Sgt. Lewis Stagnetto, 317 FSS, Intelligence Corps

In 1942, Lewis Stagnetto volunteered for the Armed Forces, aged 18, at Glasgow.  Liberation of Bergen Belsen

At the time he had been studying medicine.  As a Gibraltarian, his enlistment was complicated by his “colonial” status.  Initially inducted into the General Service Corps, he soon joined the Highland Light Infantry at their Barracks at Maryhill.  Whilst under basic training, a requirement for linguists was announced.  His fluency in Spanish and near fluency in French rendered him suitable for intelligence duties, after a selection process in London.
Liberation of Bergen Belsen
“One mad, quick, advance”, saw the Division at the forefront of British forces.  On the way to the Baltic, 317 FSS and Sgt Stagnetto (who may have been one of the first to enter), discovered the Concentration Camp at Bergen-Belsen.  Sgt Stagnetto, using the FSS camera, took some of the first pictures of the site, depicting the worst of Nazi atrocities, for Divisional HQ.

Interesting details on Derrick Sington. There were others with a unit ‘car’ in operation actually taken at Belsen. Photos were attributed to Sgt Lewis Stagnetto of 317 Field Security Section.

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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: you Nick Price CreativesFacebookTwitter