Incredible Delgany connection to the rescue and treatment of survivors in Belsen in 1945

Colonel Douglas Bluett

The attached document was very kindly forwarded by our own Clive Dalby. The heroic medic in question here-Colonel Douglas Bluett-was a relative of Clive’s and was born in The Old Rectory as the son of Rev. Bluett who was the rector of Delgany COI prior to WW1. He served as a medic in both world wars and his claim to fame is that he was with the first of the allied troops to go inside the wire of the Belsen prison camp. When inside he started delousing and medicating the survivors, who were dying of typhus and malnutrition. The full document is a difficult read but in the attached sample pages from the document here I have taken out some detail that gives a very good sense of what faced the first Allied troops and medics when the camp was liberated in 1945.

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