Please welcome Stephen to the group. His father Aleksander Stelmaszuk was born 8/4/1912 in the village of Uchrusk ,Sobibor,Wlodawa Poland, bordering to-day's Ukraine. He was in Polish army Ulani 33/1935 national service and was mobilised in 1939 after the first invasion by the Germans. He was captured 19/9/1939 by Soviet forces in Eastern Poland and deported early 1940. In 1942 Aleksander joined General Anders in Russia and was posted to the 8th Infantry Division.He was then evacuated to Persia coming under British command from 1/4/42 He arrived in Scotland in October 17th 1942 and was posted to the 1st Polish Corp. When the 1st Polish Armoured Division was formed he had the rank of L/cpl and his job was that of a gunsmith. He went with the Division to France and was badly wounded at the Falaise gap and returned to the UK after being treated in the Canadian field hospital. He recouperated at 2 military hospitals in England and then in the Polish hospital in Scotland.When the war ended he was a member of the PRC until his discharge in 1948 .Aleksander married in Scotland and had 12 children. His family still kept in contact with the family in Poland until Aleksander's death in 1985, but now the contact has been lost because he never spoke Polish to his children. Stephen says he very much hopes to learn something from other members of the group as to where his father was deported and where he and his fellow combatants fought in Eastern Poland before capture.
I do hope that some of our members will be able to help Stephen in his search.