According to my pal
at MOD/UK, many Poles who gave their details to join Anders Army, didn't always
give the exact truth at the 'joining-up' station. Two reasons - to protect their
families/others still in danger, some, so imancipated/bedraggled, that they
couldn't get their own details correct.
In fact, to anyone
who could speak/act Polish, this was their meal-ticket to get out of Siberia.
Whoever was helping these folk's fill in the forms at the 'joining-up' station,
was also tired/bedraggled etc, When they were filling in 100's of forms, they
wrote down what the words 'sounded' like = miss-spellings.
This happened in the
case of my dad - wrong surname spelling/wrong christian name alltogether/wrong
DOB/wrong religon/correct parents names/correct place of birth. Only found
family by contacting priest of dad's village, he had old church books, found 1
cousin living across the road from church in Ukraine [was Poland before they
moved the borders]. Met all family this last May. All 19 of them. Try writing to
the priest of the village, in whatever language. Don't forget to add 'donation'
to the church funds, works wonders!
PS - I'll think it's
going to be *J*, not *B*
for some years now i have been trying to locate my fathers
sobolewski family from Rubiezewicze,i believed my grandmothers
name was bankowska,as that was the name given to me by the british
polish section,i have been informed that there was a family named
jankowski who were from rubiezewicze.im wondering if there as been a
mistake on behalf of the british mod polish section,jankowski seems
the more logical name as i have learned the sobolewski family were
nobility,as were the jankowski family,as anyone else had an experience
where authorities have made slight spelling mistakes.