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  • Cornelia Clutterbuck: Belsen, diaries, ww2, world war two, concentration camps, woman, scouts, section 102 scout relief, belguim
Cornelia Clutterbuck second from left - from The Harpenden Society website.

Cornelia Clutterbuck second from left – from The Harpenden Society website.

Rosemary Ross from the Harpenden History Society tells us:

“Cornelia Clutterbuck (1916-1987), daughter of Beatrice Clutterbuck nee Lydekker, was a modest, slightly eccentric, but redoubtable figure in Harpenden. She kept journals, the most noteworthy of which cover her eighteen months with Section 102 Scout Relief work in Belgium and northern Germany, including the Belsen camp from May 1945. She wrote: “War is an evil, the greatest evil ever produced in the world, but every evil provides opportunities for doing good.”

Her scrapbook diaries have been summarised between 1945-46 to give a flavour of her way of reporting and illustrating her experiences – of which few at the time were aware. The summaries of her life and diaries can be found on our website.”

Cornelia Clutterbuck (1916 -1987), seen through her Scrapbook Diaries
Scout Relief work in NW Europe
The Record of 102 Relief Section (Scouts) (PDF)


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