did you ever reply to this Andrzejku?
the article is from 2009 - does anyone know if she is still alive?
Again, thank you for all the information you have provided me with. I apologise for my tardiness in thanking you. Too much to do and not enough time to do it!
Your second paragraph matches the information that I had been told verbally and it's good to see that there is some written confirmation of this. May I ask whether the Index of Victims of Soviet Repression is a document I can access and, if so, how?
You are correct and sadly my grandfather did die in Swindon in 1960 and although I didn't know him I have several photos of him and I knew my grandmother a little.
Unfortunately, my father's brother had any paperwork and when he died his daughter disposed of it, so unfortunately I have nothing else (unless I discover something later, I have not managed to get through all of the old paperwork yet).
I have documentation from the RAF and the Polish Historical Disclosure department of the Ministry of Defence for my father and I shall now enquire into my grandfather. Thank you for this recommendation.
With very kind regards and, once again, many thanks,
many thanks for your post the website is here Indeks Represjonowanych | Wyszukiwanie
Only in Polish but it is basically Surname-Nazwisko (właściwe, rodowe, konspiracyjne), Christian Name-
Imię (lub drugie imię) and year of birth-Rok urodzenia
Then press Szukaj (Search).
Over the years I have come across the same story of people who just throw away paperwork or burn it without realizing its importance, nearly 30 years ago I was speaking with one of the staff at the Pilsudski Institute in Hammersmith in London. Who told me that an English relative had cleared a Polish relatives house after death and had thrown away what they thought was just old paperwork. When one of his old comrades popped round to see the English relative they told them that they had thrown all his paper work away, but that they were welcome to search through the dustbin for anything they wanted.
Within the paperwork in the dustbin they found a document signed and with its original seal from King Jan III Sobieski (Victor of the Battle of Vienna in 1683), I was shown it and from that moment on I have always checked any paperwork that comes with any group that I have.
Mary it will take time to go through all the paperwork, please let us know how you go on.
With the very best wishes
p.s. Mary just click on the link
Hello I have copies of my grandads papers from Monte Cassino but I'm not really sure what they mean as the originals went missing a while back.
I have a number 20041 and his name Mieczyslaw Brojek and I'm trying to find out more about his his history for a family blog I am putting together, any information appreciated.https://afamilycalledbrojek.wordpress.com/
May I be the first to welcome you to the forum, I have searched for your Grandfather in the index of victims of soviet repression with no luck.
The number you quoted 20041, I can confirm is the Number of the Monte Cassino Cross awarded to your Grandfather when awarded his details were as follows:
Rank : Kanonier (Artilleryman)
Surname : BROJEK
Christian Name : Mieczysław
Date of Birth : 1921
Army Number : (also found on His ID Tags) : 1921-165-III
Unit : 4 Pulku Artylerii Lekkiej (4 Light Artillery Regiment, 5th Kresowa (Frontier) Infantry Division, 2 Polish Corps)
MCC : 20041
Your Grandfather would have also received the Medal Wojska (Army Medal) pictured below.
He would have also received the 1939-1945 Star, Italy Star, Defence Medal and Possibly the 1939-1945 War Medals from the British Government.
Your Grandfather would have also received the 2nd Corps Badge as shown below
The above are the basic items from service with the 2nd Corps along with these your Grandfather would have received Legitymacja (Authorization Cards for each as shown below Lynsey.
2nd Corps Badge Legit obv.
5th Kresowa Division Badge Legit obv.
Monte Cassino Cross Legit obv.
Unfortunately Lynsey I do not have a British Awards Legit for 4PAL, 5KDP, that I could post here perhaps one of the other members has one that they can post, just to help you to identify what you are looking at.
I sincerely hope that the above information is of some use and help to you Lynsey, oncve again Welcome to the Forum.
Thanks Andrzej, that's really helpful as I have never seen the medals before, only the pictures of the authorisation cards.
I'm hoping to add more information to my blog and I hope it is OK to use pictures of the medals? I will happily reference you/ this forum as appropriate.
It's also really nice to read other people's posts and think that some of these soldiers mentioned may have fought with my grandad.
Your Grandfather would have also been issued with the following documentation :
The Polish Army Discharge Certificate individually Numbered.
Discharge from the Polish Resettlement Corps Certificate, your Grandfathers Certificate would have had the number : 30049222 on it.
If there is anything else that we can help you out with Lynsey, just let us know.
Hi. Does somebody know who was the owner of cross numbered 48013?