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Finding my Polish father who I never knew existed


jackiebailey1 1 | 6
20 Nov 2020 #1
I understand that my father was a Polish displaced person living in a camp/hostel in the mid 1950's which was based in:

Tudor Road/Ramsden Avenue
Camp Hill Estate
Nuneaton
Warwickshire
CV10 9EF or CV10 9EB

I have researched Polish resettlement camps within the UK but there is no mention of the Nuneaton hostel/camp and my only assumption is that it was a very small unit. However I did research locally and the feedback revealed, there was actually a camp/hostel situated in Tudor Road/Ramsden Avenue area which accommodated Polish displaced persons. I also contacted the Nuneaton & Bedworth library (archive department) but they had no record of the camp/hostel.

The only other information I have at the moment is that my father moved to Kerseley in Coventry, Warwickshire after the camp/hostel which must have been around the mid 1950's.

I am hoping someone may read my request and point me in the right direction as to where I may research further information

Mrs Jackie Bailey
Poloniusz 4 | 402
21 Nov 2020 #2
Here is a link to a variety of different resources which might be useful:

gov.uk/browse/births-deaths-marriages/register-offices
OP jackiebailey1 1 | 6
22 Nov 2020 #3
Hi Poloniusz

Re: Finding my Polish father who I never knew existed

Thank you for responding to my request, I shall check the direct.gov site. Regards
Jackie Bailey
Poloniusz 4 | 402
22 Nov 2020 #4
You're welcome. Good luck with your searches. I hope you find some answers.
Megan03 - | 3
29 Nov 2020 #5
Hello Jackie. Since my account is new, I am not able to email you. Yes the camp at Camp Hill definitely existed. My father was at this camp
OP jackiebailey1 1 | 6
29 Nov 2020 #6
Hi Megan

Re: Finding my Polish father who I never knew existed

Thank you for responding to my request. My fathers name was either Stanislav Bednarkrsky or Stanislaw Bednarski (not sure of the correct spelling).

My aunt has recently informed me that my father was Polish displaced person. The only information I have at the moment is his name, Stanislav Bednarkrsky or Stanislaw Bednarski (not sure of the correct spelling) and that he moved to Kerseley in Coventry after the hostel.

I have contacted the Salvation Army Family Tracing Service but they are unable to help me because I have no provenance to confirm that I am actually his daughter. My birth certificate does not name this person as my father.

I have also been in contact with The Polish Community Centre in Leamington who advised me to contact the APC Polish Enquiries to check if my father served in the Polish Forces under general Anders. But again they were unable to give me any information without provenance that I am his daughter. Please get back to me if you would like to discuss this further or think you have some information which could help with my research. Regards Jackie
Megan03 - | 3
29 Nov 2020 #7
As the Camp was a miners hostel, it might be your father moved to Keresley to work in the mine. Maybe you could contact them to see if there were any records.
OP jackiebailey1 1 | 6
29 Nov 2020 #8
That's a good idea - I thought he could have worked down the coal mines as the majority of men in this area worked the mines in the 50/60/70's. The only stumbling block I have is that I have no provenance to him being my father. I am considering having a DNA through Ancestry to confirm wether I could be half Polish.
Megan03 - | 3
1 Dec 2020 #9
You could also try Shipping Records where you might be able to find where your father came from in Poland.
OP jackiebailey1 1 | 6
1 Dec 2020 #10
Hi Megan
I have looked on a few of the shipping records online but didn't find anything. I have ordered a Ancestry DNA testing kit and registered on their site. It's such a minefield though. Because the only formation I have at the moment is his name and nothing else which makes it difficult. I would be really surprised if he is still alive. It would be interesting to find out my roots and for my two children as well.

facebook.com/groups/NuneatonMemories/permalink/10156901986966886/
If you copy the link above in your internet search, it should take you to Nuneaton Memories. This is the request I put on Nuneaton Memories last year. There were replies confirming the camp did exist
Crow 152 | 9,747
1 Dec 2020 #11
Good that you finaly decided to find your Polish father. It is great shame that you waited for so long. You know, its not easy to create a child. Its an effort and love.
OP jackiebailey1 1 | 6
1 Dec 2020 #12
Hi
I was only told about my father being Polish 12 months ago by a trusted aunt. I have been trying to digest this information since then. For 63 years I was lead to believe the person on my birth certificate was my father. Safely he died in 1963.
Crow 152 | 9,747
1 Dec 2020 #13
Horor. Everything about Slavs (ie Sarmats) is falsification. From history to the personal level.
Crow 152 | 9,747
1 Dec 2020 #15
Be proud man. Being Polish you are Sarmatian. Pride isn't sin. Pride is only thing on this Earth we have or we don't have.


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