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Does anyone have any relatives who served with 1st Polish Armoured Division (Gen. Maczek)

24 Dec 2016  #271

Hello, I'm looking for any information I can find regarding my grandfather who served in the 24th Polish Lancers based in Scotland during WW2. Unfortunately I never new him and his name is all I have, his name if spelt correctly is Alojzy Adamczyk. Due to personal circumstances at the time my grandfather only met my mother (his daughter) one and then contact was lost. Being Scottish this is a side of my family I know nothing about and would desperately like to find out more about him and what ended up happening to him. The only other information I have is he was in a hospital somewhere in England after being wounded in the leg, this is the only time my mother met him when she was taken to visit him in hospital, she thinks she was only 3 years old at the time and remembers nothing of him or meeting him, very sad. Any information would be gratefully received. Thank you, Craig.

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29 Dec 2016  #272


1. Maybe it was Adamski?
2. Your mother was 3 years old in what year?

Do you have your mother's birth certificate? Is her father's name noted on it?
Is your mother still alive?

You can use this info to get his service record from the MoD. This should also have the names of his parents and where he was from in Poland.

PM me if you need any help!
14 Jan 2017  #273


Can anyone help please?

I am trying to research my father's side of the family tree. He never knew who his father was. My grandmother let it slip that he may have been a soldier.

I'm particularly interested in Polish soldiers who lived or worked in Dairsie, Fife at the beginning of 1941. Does anyone have any names or photos?

Many thanks

Eddie R  
16 Jan 2017  #274

I'm pretty sure my dad did his name was Jan Poitr Reisch.
I have stated a blog and hope I have the details right as he wrote in his short life sketch.
The link to the blog is.
I need to verify a lot of the stuff but it will take time.
I got a lot of the information from his records and a lot from Wikipedia
18 Jan 2017  #275


24th Polish Lancers.

Hi Peter, unfortunately I don't have any more information, my mother is still alive and she tried years ago to go through the MOD war records but unfortunately her fathers name is not on her birth certificate due to the fact that her mother was already married at the time when she fell pregnant to him. Very frustrating because a local army officer found information on my grandfather but because his name is not on the birth certificate they cannot give out any information.
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Yesterday, 13:58  #276


Yes, that makes it much more difficult. Do you know if he became a naturalized UK citizen after the war?

You can also try contacting Robert Ostrycharz who has a lot of information about the Polish forces in Scotland.

I also have a list of the manpower of the 24th Lancers in July 1944 but "Alojzy Adamczyk" does not appear. There is a "Zygmunt Adamiak" and "Eryk Adamski". Do you know if your grandfather received any decorations?

Above all else, never give up hope or stop searching! :)

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