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Postings on the Polish Community Talkboard in 2004 - about the history of Poles in Staffordshire & South Cheshire

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Poles /Ukranians at Miners hostel, Smallthorne, S.O.T
To Maureen of Stoke-on-Trent.
You will find that the hostel you are thinking of used to be at Station crescent, Smallthorne near to the old railway level crossing there. There would have been men from the Ukraine there as well as from Poland too.
My fathers name was Alfons and he came from Tczew North Eatern Poland and as a coal mine he made his home on Park Lane Estate, Biddulph.
As well as having many Polish compatriots he also made friends with men from the Ukraine.
They all met up in one anothers houses and spoke their language and talked about the old times and how things were in Poland. Many of them stayed at Blackshaw Moor Anzio camp outside Leek and met their future wives at the cinema's and dance halls in Leek and Hanley.
There are still a lot of Poles living in Biddulph and I can remember as a child attending a Saturday morning Polish language class at Springfield infants school in Springfield road, Biddulph.
Carl kisicki
Lewisham, London
Looking for refugee family member
i'm looking for my grand uncle Karl Kudlek from Mislovice who left Camp Leek in 1947 would be very glad to get some information or Adresses to search
Dieter Kudlek
Halle/Saale Germany

Information on Stanislaw Zyga (Deceased) in Burton
I am looking for any information people may have on my Uncle, Stanislaw Zyga.
My Father lost contact with his family in Poland during the war. He and Stanislaw were taken by the Germans to a POW camp in 1939. Stanislaw had 3 escape attempts, then taken by the Gestapo and never heard of again.
The Red Cross have put out many searches for info. and they located him in Burton on Trent having arrived here in 1948.

Sadly Stanislaw died in 1983, but I am hoping somebody may remember him from that area. He also used to go to the Polish Club in Derby with a Mrs Slezak and at that time they lived at 281, Shobnall Street, Burton On Trent.
Please can anybody help or have any suggestions as to where I can find out more information.
Candy Robbins (nee Zyga)
Lindfield, Nr. Haywards Heath, Sussex

I know very little about my late father's post-war service. As a Lt Col, he was, I am told, in command of a resettlement camp in Staffordshire around 45-7. Is name was Eugeniusz Chrzanowski. Any information, stories etc grteafully recieved
Karol Chrzanowski

Family History
Could anyone tell me if Ukrainian as well as Polish refugees were also living in the Leek area?
I do remember there was a refugee camp at Bradeley nr. Smallthorne when I was about 10-12yrs old. I think it housed either Polish or Ukraine people.
The father of one of my best friends was Ukrainian, and I think he was living at one of these camps. I am trying to find out more about it for her, as she now lives down south.
I would appreciate it if you could point me in the right direction so that I can pass the info on to her.
Maureen Stone
Stoke on Trent

Doddington Park
Hello Jan Czerski, Your Dad was one of my teachers at the Doddington Park School, I also remember Pan Czaplinski,(and his son) Pan Pialucha (the Headmaster and his two daughters Zosia and Marysia). Give me a buzz.

chatfields hanley 1966
i noticed a picture of a mrs hermit at the blackshaw moor camp,
i worked with a man named bill hermit in the 1960,s was it the same family?
JOHN BATES,llandudno ex bucknall

Polish Experience
After WW II the Poles were quartered at Trentham Park.
There could have been several hundred occupying quonset huts running up the hills close to the fern hills.

As a young boy I remember one known as "Cassock" who was a frequent visitor with the Pavitts at Ash Green, Trentham. He enjoyed socializing with us, playing Monopoly and other parlor games. He had great exhuberance and a love for life, always laughing and joking and working hard in the local community.
Some others I remember engaged in a face-off outside our home on the Stone Road. Apparently the Irish residents at the Trentham camp had drawn the ire of the Poles and they were having a little set to. However, the arrival of the local police officer stopped any further action. Later, at a dance at Trentham Gardens one of the Poles who was involved told me how he cracked an empty bottle and later slapped his antagonizer across the face for hitting him in the back.
Ken Buckley

Poles in India
I am trying to help a friend of mine who enlisted into the Polish Army, 1 Reconnaisance Squadron, 1 Armoured Division, 1 Polish Corps on 7th March 1942, while in India . His record says that it was the Reconnaisance Squadron of 8 Infantry Division, and only when he got to England was this changed to the above on 27th November 1942. Does anyone recognize these squadrons or divisions and know of someone who was in them? Any memories or suggestions would be gratefully appreciated.
Linda Williams
Middlebury, VT, USA

BBC Staffordshire Online: If you can help Linda, then get in touch with us and we'll pass on the details.
RAF Cranage
I am collecting the history of RAF Cranage, which is at Byley, in Cheshire. I am running 'collecting' exhibitions - where I can (I am always looking for new venues, which must be free of charge, since the exhibitions are also free of charge) - and they are proving productive. I am also collecting a sound archive, now I have been able to afford the mini disc recorder.

I keep hearing about Poles who served at RAF Cranage, possibly in 96 Squadron, possibly with other units at the camp. . such as No 2 School of Air Navigation. However, no-one seems to know any names of Polish people who might have served. I wonder if you have come across any, people or organisations where I might find out more?
I have the names of three Czechs who did serve in 96 Squadron. If Poles also served at RAF Cranage, I would dearly like to find out and include them in The History of RAF Cranage .
I am working under some difficulty since it seems that official records of people who served here, were mostly destroyed in the 60s.. (unless you happen to know where I can find some other records?) I would be grateful for any help which you can give. Charlotte Peters Rock

Doddington Polish Camp / Biesiada / Wybunbury
As reported by Jurek Kelner Biesiada will be appearing at the Wybunbury Fig Pie Wake on June 12.
The particular interest for the Polish community is that the Doddington Polish Refugee Camp was located near Wybunbury between 1947 and 1960 and over that period over many Polish families who came to the UK were housed there.
This is neveidenced not only by the number of Polish children from Doddington who attended their first English Schoolin Wybunbury but also by the many Polish people who are buried in the village cementary.
The Polish people from the camp slowly moved into and were integrated into the English communities and settled in Crew Nanwich Bury Manchester Stoke.

Several of the members of Biesiada were in Doddington as children and due to the close links which exist with Wybunbury the organizers of the Wake thought it would be an excellent idea if the visitors etc to the Wake were reminded of the Polish Camp which for so many years was part of their community.
We are keen to use this event as a possible meeting place for people who spent some time in Doddington and in fact the organizers are considering having a display board where photos of the Camp etc could be shown.
If there any readers of the message board who were in the Doddington Camp and are interested in making contact/ finding out what happened to their friends etc please get in contact.
I was in Doddington from 1948 to 1960 and my father tought in the Camp Polish School for many years and am now based in Manchester
Jan Czerski
Sale - Manchester

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