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Searching for information on Czestaw Wawrzyniak


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8 Nov 2020 #1
Hi, i am trying to find out information on my uncle's war record. His name was Czestaw Wawrzyniak and was born in Nov 1926, service no 3002040089, he was a mechanic during the Second world war. and married Sheila Mealey in 1947 in Prescot, Lancashire. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks
Atch 17 | 3,427
8 Nov 2020 #2
Czestaw

The name is actually Czesław. The ł is a letter peculiar to the Polish alphabet and it's pronounced more or less like a 'w' in English. Just thought it might be handy to know in case you're checking any Polish records. The war records of Poles serving in the UK used to held by the British MOD but they've been handed over to Poland who I believe are still processing them.

You might be able to pick up some bits of information if you check through old local newspapers of the period as UK local papers sometimes did little snippets on the Polish servicemen and occasionally they even published photos from social events like dances.
Ironside 50 | 10,939
8 Nov 2020 #3
The name is actually Czesław.

Cheswav - pronunciation..
Chemikiem 7 | 2,497
8 Nov 2020 #4
used to held by the British MOD but they've been handed over to Poland

I didn't know about this, but the information is contained here:

gov.uk/government/news/minister-for-the-reserves-gifts-ww2-records-to-polish-government

Although if I've understood it correctly from the article, 10,000 of 119,000 records have been transferred to the Central Military Archive in Rembertów, near Warsaw. That was in 2015 though so maybe they are all there now.


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