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The War Cross Of Poland

26 May 2011 #1
To Whom It May Concern,
I am hopeful you can help me with some information or point me to the correct office which could,
My Father served in the British Merchant Navy during WW2 when he passed away 22 yrs ago I was left his medals which he was awarded by the British Government, in his posessions he had a medal card for The War Cross Of Poland but could never find the medal, I was wondering how I could check with the Polish Authorities if my Father was awarded this medal?

Yours Faithfully,
Mark Thompson
Wroclaw 44 | 5,387
26 May 2011 #2
My Father served in the British Merchant Navy during WW2

u might find him here:
isthatu2 4 | 2,704
26 May 2011 #3
Sounds like there is going to be an interesting story behind all this.
A merchant sailor being awarded a Polish medal is a new one for me. many of the old boys Ive worked with,the "snowdrops" anyway ,have the Soviet medals for the artic convoys and murmansk/archeangle runs,but never heard of Polish medals.

If you have the card,and its in your Fathers name I cannot see there being a mistake though. One thing to consider is that,in the case of most forces personnel in or from the UK only two medals were actually automatically given one being the 39/45 star and another which escapes me at the minute(i'm history/uniforms/equipment, not medals...), the rest generally had to be sent off for and many,due to rationing were in short supply and had to be waited for, very many service men didnt bother applying for them though so many just have the award citations. This has caused some confusion and upset within families when loved ones have passed away.

Perhaps this is the case with your fathers "missing " medal?
Anyway,good luck and please,let us know what you find out.

ps, google Sikorski institute,london..................they may be able to help but their records are primarily regarding Polish service personnel but they may be able to point you in the right direction.

pps, does the medal citation come from RP or RPL?
marky0307 - | 1
6 Jun 2011 #4
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Polish War Cross

I am wondering if anyone can help me with some advice? My Father served in the Merchant Navy in the 2nd World War, after the War he was awarded medals by the British Government, now years later and my Father passed away in his medal box there is a card which would hold a medal for the Polish War Cross, I know during his service he was in and around Polish areas, how would I find out with the proper Polish Authorities if he was awarded this medal. Hope someone can help me and thankyou.............

thankyou so much for your kind comments and information so far will try the links provided and will keep you's updated of any progress

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