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21 Jun 2019
Genealogy / Vintage Photos of Polish ancestors [144]

Wow! Thank you for that priceless piece of information. The man to the left of my father is Adam Godowski. His nephew was also asking the identity of your father. Can you message me with your email address? I have a couple of other photos of my father and Adam in Greece, I presume on their way from Romania to France. Your father may also be in those photos
22 Jan 2017
Genealogy / Does anyone have any relatives who served with 1st Polish Armoured Division (Gen. Maczek) [307]

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! :)
29 Dec 2016
Genealogy / Does anyone have any relatives who served with 1st Polish Armoured Division (Gen. Maczek) [307]


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!
16 Aug 2015
Genealogy / Does anyone have any relatives who served with 1st Polish Armoured Division (Gen. Maczek) [307]

Yorkkie, where did he die? You can obtain a copy of the death certificate as well as that of your mother and use that to establish your connection to him. It will not hurt for you to write to the APC Polish Enquiries and explain how you are connected to Mieczyslaw Osiecki and what documentation you have to support this. You should get a reply from them explaining what options you have.
7 Jun 2014
Law / Citizenship of Poland can be obtained through the blood line but my ancestor could lose it in the past [45]

My father was part of the 24th Lancers in 1939 and stayed in the UK after the end of the war. He became a naturalized UK citizen in 1957. I recently sent my documents to the Polish embassy in Caracas querying if I was entitled to Polish citizenship and they replied confirming that I was so entitled. I have to go to Warsaw to lodge my application. Not bad, 3 passports!
26 Jan 2013
Genealogy / Motyl - Tracing My Polish Roots for the 1st time [28]

You should consider hiring a freelance researcher in Poland who can search the parish records in Kielce using your grandfather's information, DOB, etc. Once you can locate that then you will most likely find information relating to his parents and siblings which you can then use for online searches, etc.
15 Sep 2012
Genealogy / Hahn, Macieg - Looking for Mothers Relatives [5]

You will need much more info.

Where was she born?
Does she have any documentation such as birth records, immigration records, etc?
Did she ever have any further contact with family? Are there any letters?
10 Mar 2012
Genealogy / Does anyone have any relatives who served with 1st Polish Armoured Division (Gen. Maczek) [307]

Hi Carrie,

I found Wojnar in the list of medal recipients in "McGilvray, Evan. The Black Devils' March: A Doomed Odyssey: The 1st Polish Armoured Division 1939-1945. Solihull, West Midlands, England: Helion, 2005"

If he was in Lauder in 42/43 he may have been with a different unit such as the 10th Mounted Rifles.

Also, if you have some documented info about Agnes Aitchison then you can try searching on, you should be able to get some info on her there and by extension, Joseph.

London Gazette, 23 August 1949

LIST of ALIENS to whom Certificates of Naturalisation have been granted by the Secretary of State, and whose Oaths of Allegiance have been registered in the Home Office during the month of July 1949. The date shown in each case is the date on which the Oath of Allegiance was taken.

Wojna, Jan; Poland; Electrical Engineer; 16, Bay View Road, Colwyn Bay, Denbighshire. 21 June, 1949.
Wojna, Jozef; Poland ; Cafe Manager ; " The Lighthouse," River Front, Gunthorpe, Nottinghamshire. 20 July, 1949

From it appears that Jozef died in 1988 in Nottinghamshire.
6 Mar 2012
Genealogy / Does anyone have any relatives who served with 1st Polish Armoured Division (Gen. Maczek) [307]


I found a bombardier who was with the 1st Polish Armoured division named Zdzislaw Wojnar and was decorated with the Krzyz Waleczynch. Not sure if this is the person you are looking for.

You may also try contacting Robert Ostrycharz who may be able to point you in the right direction.
5 Jul 2011
Genealogy / Does anyone have any relatives who served with 1st Polish Armoured Division (Gen. Maczek) [307]

See a previous posters reply below. This is probably your best bet for accurate info and a starting point for further searching

The MoD will only release service records to a next of kin. So you will need a) proof of grandfather's death (death certificate) and b) that you are his direct next of kin.

The MoD will send you a "Certificate of Kinship" form which you have to complete and send along with the documentary proof you are your grandfather's next of kin. If your grandmother is alive for instance, the law is that MoD would only release this information to her and not you. There is a fee of £25.00 also.

You can download the "Certificate of Kinship form from here:

Contact address for Polish service records (don't worry that it has RAF in the address; all Polish service records are archived here) at MoD:

APC Polish Enquiries,
Building 28B,
RAF Northolt,
West End Road,
HA4 6NG,
Tel: 0208 833 8603
Fax: 0208 833 8866

e-mail: or
11 Dec 2010
History / Is there a list of those in the Polish Army during WWII? [186]

My father once told me he'd been a Polish paratrooper and left holding the rank of sgt, can anyone help me?

If he came to the UK in 45/46 where / who was he serving from 39 - 45? If he was part of the Polish paratroops under British command he would have been in the UK before 1945. If so then you can follow the posts above and write to the MoD and make sure you have all the necessary documentation. If he served in the Polish regiments under Russian control I don't know where you can look. I would presume the Defense ministry in Warsaw.