- Does anyone have family or aquaintances that were in the Barons Cross Camp, Leominster, Herefordshire, in 1946-1948? I believe it was the overflow camp forMessage 1 of 2 , May 1, 2005View SourceDoes anyone have family or aquaintances that were in the Barons Cross Camp, Leominster, Herefordshire, in 1946-1948? I believe it was the "overflow" camp for Foxley Camp, near Hereford.The Commanding Officer at Leominster was a Lt Col. Stanislaw Szostak, who had previously been in charge of the 7th Armoured Regiment which trained personnel for the front line armoured regiments. From 1944-46, he was Commandant of the Armoured Warfare Training Centre for the Polish 2nd Corps in Italy, transferring to the UK in 1946.My uncle, Tomasz Branowski, was in this camp, at least from 1947-48, and was a batman (ordnance?), possibly to Lt Col Szostak, although I am not sure about this. I know that both of them had been in Russian camps, later joining Anders' Army.I am desperately trying to find anyone that might have known my uncle, during his time in the UK, or before (although I realise time is running out).From information I obtained from the Hoover Institute, I know my uncle was in the following prison camps. Zytyn, Karmienic Pool, Sosenki, Rowne, Japozyn, Wojtowce, Teofipal, and Starobielsk (I suppose that he must have been moved from Sarobielsk, or escaped, before all the officers were massacred in Katyn Wood). His trade is given as mason, or bricklayer, and he was a senior rifleman.His town is given as Rozniatow, country Jaroslaw. Was this in German held territory? He was arrested on 18/09/39, in Halicz and imprisoned in Oct 39, in Zytyn, after the Russians took control on 25/09/39. I have been looking at maps but am very confused by all the border and name changes. I wonder if he escaped from German held territory only to be recaptured, immediately, by the Russians?Any advice or information would be very welcome.Linda Vines
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- ... Did Polish officers have a batman as a rule, or was this something that was picked up once they got involved with the Brits? A batman is a personal servantMessage 2 of 2 , May 1, 2005View Source--- LINDA VINES <linda.vines1@...> wrote:
> My uncle, Tomasz Branowski, was in this camp, atDid Polish officers have a batman as a rule, or was
> least from 1947-48, and was a batman (ordnance?),
> possibly to Lt Col Szostak, although I am not sure
> about this.
this something that was picked up once they got
involved with the Brits?
A batman is a personal servant to an officer. He
shines his shoes, cleans his uniforms, fetches his tea
in the morning. This was a custom in the British
forces up to the end of WWII and was phased out at
some point post-war, I believe.
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