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POLISH REFUGEE CAMP - CAMBRIDGE UK - SEARCHING FOR RELATIVES


caprice49 4 | 224
20 Jan 2010 #1
Does anyone know of the names of the Polish camps in or around Cambridge set up for Polish immigrants after WW2? Searching for a relative who was based in one such camp, but without the name it's difficult to know where to look. Can any help please??

I found one in Witham but it is closer to Ely than Cambridge. Has anyone any idea where to search for the archives. I believe UNRRA were first financially responsible, the this was passed to another organization. Would the records be kept locally or would they be in a national archive.
Eagle20 16 | 119
22 Jan 2010 #3
Does anyone know of the names of the Polish camps in or around Cambridge

Try this website:-

polishresettlementcampsintheuk.co.uk/education.htm
OP caprice49 4 | 224
25 Jan 2010 #4
This thread may give you some clues - good luck,

Thanks Amathyst

Try this website:-

Thanks Eagle20

I have tried both and now need to go the National Archives and start digging further. All I have is the name but no date or place of birth. Does anyone know where to find all the passenger lists for UK for Poles entering UK during and after the war? I found one website which listed a few ships between 1945-48 but not all are on it, and as my father was not listed this indicates there have to be other lists available. All I need at this stage is date of birth and perhaps place of birth or last residence. Soldiers entered during the war and there has to be a record somewhere. Any help most gratefully received.
bookratt 6 | 85
3 Feb 2010 #5
The Red Cross kept very detailed lists of those in the DP camps in the UK; look into that and into the UN resettlement info listed here, under the heading of UK:

dpcamps.org/addressesN-Z.html

And did you already look at ISTG, for the ship/crossing info:

immigrantships.net

And have you run the name thru Ancestry or thru the UK census records online? If I get the man's name from you, I can try for you.

Also, there are many Polish records now online, free for searching. If you get that far, let me know. I'll do my best to help.
OP caprice49 4 | 224
4 Feb 2010 #6
The Red Cross kept very detailed lists of those in the DP camps in the UK

Thanks Bk - I'll give it a go. It's proving to be a tough search.
adam paszkowski - | 1
4 Feb 2010 #7
The nearest camp to Cambridge was at Fowlmere just past Duxford.The camp near Whitham Essex was known as Silver End which is near Kelvedon.
OP caprice49 4 | 224
8 Feb 2010 #8
The nearest camp to Cambridge was at Fowlmere

Will certainly take a look though it is in Herts, whereas I've now worked out the camp site may have been in Cambridgeshire. Thank you for the suggestion and no stone will be left unturned.

Bookratt I would be most grateful if you could check out Zdzislaw Czarnecki. He was based in a camp somewhere in Cambridgeshire. The only camp I've found was in Witcham near Ely. Someone else suggested a camp called Mepal but I've found no trace of it.

Any help deeply appreciated.
stas
14 May 2010 #9
There was a camp at Mepal; I spent the first four years of my life there (1952-6). My older sister may have a better idea of the location.
OP caprice49 4 | 224
14 May 2010 #10
a camp at Mepal

Thank you Stas
adamakc
7 Jul 2010 #11
Why are you checking for Zdzislaw Czarnecki?

Adam Czarnecki
Amathyst 19 | 2700
7 Jul 2010 #12
and as my father was not listed this indicates there have to be other lists available

Why are you checking for Zdzislaw Czarnecki?

Send her a PM, sounds like you could be relatives.
OP caprice49 4 | 224
7 Jul 2010 #13
Why are you checking for Zdzislaw Czarnecki

Adam

I've sent you an email on this site explaining.

Why are you checking for Zdzislaw Czarnecki?

I am looking for a friend's relative

Adam Czarnecki

If you knew a Zdzislaw Czarnecki that had stayed at a Polish Refugee camp during or just after the war, please, please send me a PM.
adamakc
23 Aug 2010 #14
My father was Zdzislaw Czarnecki. You can contact me on adamakc@tiscali.co.uk
polesandmops
24 Aug 2010 #15
there was manny caprice, cont the minustry of defence at white hall london , send them e-mail you will get the correct information
plk123 8 | 4134
24 Aug 2010 #16
red cross is probably one of your best resources on the camps and the people who were there.
OP caprice49 4 | 224
3 Sep 2010 #17
adamakc:

Thank you for your input.

polesandmops

Thank you will try though I imagine getting the right email address is the hurdle.[quote=plk123]plk123Threads: 28

The Red Cross have been trying for ages - one form has been sent off - and a subsequent replacement too.

For a moment had hoped the adamakc contact would have been the one, but unfortunately not.

Does anyone have any ideas? As explained in a previous thread I am helping a friend to find this particular relative or more specifically his descandants who may be able to provide basic information on him.

All that is known about him is that he was an engineer and loved painting. There is a photo but I am not sure whether posting it here would help.

So this is a big SOS to anyone who might know something.
Ltaylor
9 Nov 2010 #18
I lived in Mepal Camp from birth to 4 years but remember every detail- it was walking distance to Witcham. I went to the Polish nursery school and there was a church, doctors surgery and village shop was at Witcham village. Polish goceries were delivered to the camp once a week by a mobile grocer Michalski from Cambridge.

Elzbieta Zatorska
Machnicka
12 Nov 2010 #19
Not sure if this helps but I got copies of my father's military records from the Polish Archives in RAF Northolt.

My father was a survivory of Starobielsk (katyn) and lived in Staffordshire England until he died in 1976.

When i set out researching my family history (5 yrs ago) i contacted Kew records and they directed me to RAF Northolt. There were all the military records of Polish veterans WW2 and they were more than happy to help with my research.

Also....the Sikorski museum in London is a mine of information,

Good luck Wanda
OP caprice49 4 | 224
13 Nov 2010 #20
Not sure if this helps but I got copies of my father's military records from the Polish Archives in RAF Northolt

thank you Wanda any information is worth following up.
riotinto
4 Jan 2011 #21
I was at school in Ely some 10 miles north of Cambridge in the 1950s and we used to do a cross country run through the remains of what we were told was a refugee camp on the outskirts of the town. I believe that the golf course has since been built on the site of the camp. Hope this helps. John Bradley
whiteunicorn
23 Jan 2011 #22
hi,
There was a Polish resettlement Camp in Lincolnshire North of Cambridge run during the 1940's
My mother was an Opera singer who sang at the camp and married a polish man
Zygmunt Julian Sobczak b.13/10/1919 died.18/04/1986 I am The Eldest Son Jan Sobczak
internaldialog 4 | 144
23 Jan 2011 #23
whiteunicorn

if looking maybe this link will help
polishresettlementcampsintheuk.co.uk/camps2.htm

my grandfather went to Melton Mowbray before going Portsmouth (unsure for what reason as of yet) but he ended up permanently residing in South Normanton Derbyshire at any rate.
jet1950
9 Oct 2011 #24
Ships and Passenger Lists of Polish WW2 DPs arriving from Africa ...
Ships and Passenger Lists of Polish WW2 DPs arriving from Africa and Europe.
The majority of displaced Polish nationals arrived in the UK by sea in ships listed
below and in most ... September 26th 1947 ... SHIPS ARRIVING IN LIVERPOOL ...

polishresettlementcampsintheuk.co.uk/.../shipsindex.htm - Cached - Similar

Try this website. It had my family on the RMS Samaria.
Good Luck
OP caprice49 4 | 224
25 Oct 2011 #25
Thanks for the information. Will check.
MepalCamp
2 Sep 2013 #26
We are running a community history project in East Cambs and would love to speak to anyone with memories or connections with the Polish community at Mepal Camp.

Please contact us:

Rich Soil Rich Heritage
info@richsoilrichheritage.org.uk
01353 722228

Rich Soil Rich Heritage
The Viva Centre
7 Churchgate St
Soham
Cambs
CB7 5DS

Many thanks

Frank Crosby / Hetti Wood
elazatorska
3 Sep 2013 #27
I have found my mother coming from India on ship list and my two aunts coming from Africa to England from Koja camp in 1950. They were civilians.I have never found ships lists of military personnel and my father arriving from Italy with allied forces is not recorded. I think anything military will not show anywhere. I have researched thoroughly for a book which has been published Next Stop Siberia available currently on Amazon, WH Smith and Waterstones online. Liz Taylor
Hguols
1 Oct 2014 #28
The polish settlements in the UK is an excellent source. I found my family on one ships passenger manifest.
Anna Hencher
28 Oct 2022 #29
@MepalCamp
I lived on mepal camp up till the age of 3
Maggie Ford
12 Jul 2023 #30
Can anyone offer any information on Tadeusz Skrzeczynski, Sgt at Tilstock Camp, Whitchurch, or

Antonina Skrzeczynska, formerly Czamara, resident of Mepal Polish Hostel, who had a son Andrzej on 30/08/1949, at The Grange Maternity Home, Ely


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