John Pijski was born in Stanisław Górny, not far from Wadowice. He fought with gen. Anders’ Polish 2nd Corps (2nd. Warsaw Armoured Division) alongside the British 8th Army in Italy. Later he served in Germany and France. He came to the UK in 1946 with the army and was sent to Penley Hospital where he worked in the transport department as a driver. He met and married Władysława (Gladys) Gruca who was in the ATS and worked as a waitress in the staff cafeteria for doctors and nurses. They had two children while living in Penley. In 1952 they sailed aboard the “Queen Elizabeth” to the USA in search of a better life. John now lives in Connecticut and sent in the following photos of his time in Penley Polish Hospital.
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There are 2 books with further information and photos “A Millennium History of Penley” and ” The Spirit of Penley ” both written by Shirley and Derrick Pratt. Also “Penley A History of the Polish Hospital in Pictures 1946-1999” written by Keith B. Jones.
On the border of England and North Wales in an area known as Maelor, three large American Army Hospitals were built in preparation for D-day casualties. Penley Hall no. 129 General Hospital with 1,000 beds, [more]