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  1. #1091

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    Hello Richard,

    The Cross in the bottom right is for Horse Artillery, one of a few badges adopted before the war and awarded by the 2nd Corps.

    Best wishes

    Andrzej

  2. #1092

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    Thks Andrej,

    My father served in the 7th Horse Art'.

    Rgds, R.

  3. #1093

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    Andrzejku,
    Would you be so kind to send me information on Recipients of the following crosses:
    6025, 13310, 18945 and 26809? Thank you.

    Kind regards,

  4. #1094

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    Hello Pat,

    Many thanks for your post the details for the recipients of the MCC 6025, 13310, 17845, 26809 when awarded their details where as follows:

    MCC Nr : 6025

    Rank : Sierzant (Sergeant)

    Surname : KRZYZEWSKI

    Christian Name : STANISLAW

    Date of Birth : 1907

    Army Number : (also found on His ID Tags) : 1907-55-III

    Unit : Headquarters Staff 3rd Carpathian Rifle Division

    MCC Nr : 13310

    Rank : Szeregowiec (Private)

    Surname : URBANIAK

    Christian Name : EDWARD

    Date of Birth : 1926

    Army Number : (also found on His ID Tags) : 1926-1-III

    Unit 3rd Carpathian Signals Battalion

    MCC Nr : 18945

    Rank : Strzelec (Rifleman)

    Surname : OBARA

    Christian Name : STEFAN

    Date of Birth : 27th October 1925

    Place of Birth : Pietraszewo

    Province : Wilejka

    Date of Death : 4th July 1944

    Unit : 17th Rifle Battalion 5KDP

    Buried : Polish War Cemetery Loreto Grave Nr: 8-D-9

    MCC Nr : 26809

    Rank : Szeregowiec (Private)

    Surname : BRAND

    Christian Name : EMIL

    Date of Birth : 1898

    Army Number : (also found on His ID Tags) : 1898-153-III

    Unit : 6 Sanitation Company, 5KDP.

    The only ther information that I was able to glean for you was the following :

    1) Edward Urbaniak ended the war as a St.Szer. (Lance Corporal)

    2) A Edward Urbaniak was married twice 1st to Kristina Szyc in Keeds in 1952 and then to Elzbieta Paulch in Leeds in 1967.

    That was all that I was able to find for you on the recipients my bill is in the post.

    Best wishes

    Andrzej
    Last edited by andrzejku98; 09-24-2016 at 10:14 PM.

  5. #1095

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    Andrzejku,
    Thank you so much for the quick reply and the information. From the number of the cross I am assuming strz Obara belonged to the 17 Lwowski Bat.

    Would you be so kind also to provide me with some information reg recipients of 26894, 41438 and 43310?
    Many thanks.

    With best wishes,
    Last edited by ProPatria; 09-24-2016 at 06:15 PM. Reason: Additional question

  6. #1096

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    And now for something completely different. Some years back I had the opportunity to purchase this Italian State Mint test pressing of the cross. It was part of a 2nd Corps officer's grouping. For one reason or another I (now regrettably) passed it up. It apparently now resides in a private collection in Poland. Cheers, Tony
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  7. #1097

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    Hello Pat,

    Your collection is growing, when awarded the recipients details where as follows : 26894, 41438 and 43310?

    MCC Nr : 26894

    Rank : St. Szer. (Lance Corporal)

    Surname : KORWEL

    Christian Name : FELIKS

    Date of Birth : 1915

    Army Nr : (also found on His ID Tags) : 1915-307-III

    Unit 6th Medical Company, 5KDP

    MCC Nr : 41438

    Rank : Sierzamt

    Surname :WITKOWSKI

    Christian Name : KAZAIMIERZ

    Date of Birth L 1894

    Army Nr : (also found on His ID Tags) : 1894-13-III

    Unit : Oddzial Lacznosc Wsparcia Lotnicziego

    MCC Nr : 43310

    Rank : Sierzant

    Surname : NARWOJSZ

    Christian Name : BRONISLAW

    Date of Birth : 1899

    Army Nr : (also found on His ID Tags) : 1899-45-III

    Unit 31st Medical Company

    I hope that the above answers all your questions Pat and as usual my bill is in the post.

    Best wishes

    Andrzej

  8. #1098

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    Hello Tony,

    It was the Dix Noonan and Web Auction in 2014 that first brought these to the Market,

    Lot 1508
    Date of Auction: 25th March 2014
    Sold for £190
    Estimate: £100 - £140
    Nine: attributed to Lieutenant J. Roszek, 2rd Polish Corps

    1939-45 Star; Africa Star; Italy Star; Defence and War Medals; Poland, Cross of Merit, 1st Class without swords, enamelled, modern production; Cross of Merit, 2nd Class with swords, enamelled; Monte Cassino Cross 1944, reverse numbered ‘46 016’; Army Active Service Medal, good very fine and better (9) £100-140
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    Jan Stanisław Roszek was born in Zakopane on 5 June 1896. During the Great War he served in Piłsudski’s 1st Brigade. In 1926 he graduated from Lwów University. Between the wars he was listed as a Reserve Second Lieutenant in the 40th Infantry. In the Second World War he was awarded the Monte Cassino Cross as Lieutenant and Doctor in the Ordnance H.Q. of the 2nd Polish Corps. For his war services he was awarded the Cross of Merit 2nd Class with swords. For some post war services of a civil nature he was awarded the Cross of Merit 1st Class. He is believed to have died in Greater London in 1972. Decorations not confirmed.

    With card forwarding box for his British medals, addressed to ‘Mr Roszek I.S., 9 Hoveden Rd, London, N.W.2’. Plus two sample strikings of the Monte Cassino Cross.

    What DNW missed was that he was awarded a Military M.B.E.

    Then a few months after this they where split up and started to appear on ebay

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    Best wishes

    Andrzej

  9. #1099

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    Hi Andrzej,

    Could you be so kind to help me with the information regarding KLEWJADO ISIDOR (born in 1897)?

    Br,
    Artem

  10. #1100

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    Andrzejku,
    Big thanks for all the info. I think that will be it for some time. And with that bill, yes, I own you a big time.
    Thank you and all the best,

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