I think there are 3 sources of information that you could pursue:
- Centralne Archiwum Wojskowe e-mail caw@... where you could request your great uncle's (Stanislaw Sielecki) Polish military service records. Just give them whatever information you have: his name and his father's name, place of birth, date of birth, with what unit he served, his rank, etc. I would also ask if they have any of his personal effects or if they know where he is buried...they probably will not have/know but it never hurts to ask. Mention the American Legion of Honor medal as they might have that list. You can write in English. Their response may take a while--I think it took about 4-5 months for them to respond to me. Do not forget to include your address as they will send you paper copies of his service file.
- You have probably written to MoD/British Ministry of Defense. If not, this URL will give you information on how to contact them: http://www.aforgottenodyssey.com/mainref.html#r4 They probably have dates of death and places of burial only for those who died during WWII but CAW stated that several of the soldiers on the "1,648" list died after the war, so it might be worthwhile to ask.
I did not find a list of foreign recipients of the Legion of Merit medal but write to the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and ask where you should make your inquiries:
Have you been to the Sikorski Museum in London? A little while ago, there was a message thread on this forum re the Sikorski Museum. Someone is planning to go there and volunteered to look for information for others. If you do not live near London; perhaps, you can add you request to that thread.
Good luck with your search.
Pamela Vojnovski <flwerpower1066@...> wrote:
This list is great. Thanks for popsting it. I wish I could read the rest of it. I'm sure it will help a great many people. Unfortunately I do not read or understand Polish. My great uncle, Stanislaw Sielecki served in the Polish Regular Army with the rank of Colonel. He was awarded the Legion of Merit by the U.S. Do you know where these records might be found, by any chance? I have found a list of American recipients on the internet, but I have not been able to find a list or any information on the foreign recipients. Doe anyone else have any information on this? As of 1951 he was living at 37 W. Cromwell Rd. , London SW5. I think he died not too long after this. I am also trying to find out when he died and where he is buried. My guess would be somewhere in the Kensington area. I have already contacted the local Catholic churches, but they do not have any records of him.
Pamela Vojnovski (Wojnowski)
hjtrevelyan <hjtrevelyan@...> wrote:
Centralne Archiwum Wojskowe =Central Military Archives in Warsaw has
published a list of 1,648 soldiers of the Polish Armed Forces
(Anders Army) who died in the West during World War II (a few died
after the end of the war) and whose personal effects and service
files were returned to Poland in July of 2003 by the British
Ministry of Defence (MoD).
The list can be found at: http://caw.wp.mil.pl/ When the site
opens, (1) click on Depozyty in the menu on the left; (2) then, go
to the bottom of the page and click on the letter (of the surname);
(3) the information is listed under the following 5 columns: 1st--
Surname, name, & father's name; 2nd--Date of birth; 3rd--Place of
birth; 4th--Military rank; 5th column--Military awards.
(friends?) may write to request the return of the
personal effects (mostly consisting of medals, personal letters,
photographs) and copies of military files. If you want to make
inquiries, e-mail caw@... The Polish archivists are grateful
to MoD for the care they took of the artifacts. They hope all
records of the Polish Armed Forces under British command are