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Medical Students: Westminster Hospital

Westminster Hospital Medical Students.

Liberation of Bergen Belsen
L to R: G. Woodwark, D. Wells, R. Barton, E. Trimmer, R.E. Citrine, K.C. Easton, A.D. Moore, J.R.E. Jenkins, D.P. Bowles, Micheal Hargrave, L.K. Garstin

Russell William Andrew Charles Barton

Became a psychiatrist, who in 1968 wrote a controversial article in Purnell’s History of the Second World War based on his experience at Belsen. In 1976 his book titled Institutional Neurosis was published.

Ronald Eric Citrine
Born 19 May 1919 Registered as a medical practitioner in New Zealand in 1955, and lived at Paihia.

Kenneth Charles Easton
1924 – 8 February 2001
A career focussed around the development of prehospital care and emergency medicine.

Lionel Kentish Garstin
Marked as Meilejohn’s driver in “A Medical Students Journal”, by Michael Hargrave

Andrew David Moore

Eric James Trimmer
Also known as Harry.

Derek Geoffrey Wells

George Millington Woodwark
1923 – 4 June 2012 Became a cardiologist who moved to Vancouver Island.

John Richard Everett Jenkins

David Phillip Bowles

Michael Hargrave
8 December 1923 – 25 July 1974
Became a general practitioner in Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire. His memoirs, written for his mother, were used by historian Ben Shephard in his 2005 book After Daybreak: The Liberation of Belsen, 1945, and were later published by Imperial College Press in 2014, in a book titled Bergen-Belsen 1945: A Medical Student’s Journal.

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Another image has been found, taken at the same time as the one above. This offers names too on the original print and gives us extra details – so, for instance we should be able to pick out Ronnie Citrine with his Clarke Gabel-esque moustache! BUT: Some names/faces do not match up on both images like Citrine who is marked as Russell Barton on the top image! How frustrating!

L to R: E. Trimmer, K.C. Easton, Ronnie Citrine, L.K. Garstin, D.P. Bowles, D. Wells, A.D. Moore, Russell Barton, G. Woodwark, Micheal Hargrave, J.R.E. Jenkins.

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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