Fonds CA OPMA A-2018-12 - Zdrojewski Family fonds

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Zdrojewski Family fonds

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  • Textual record
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  • 1929-1989 (Creation)
    Zdrojewski, Lucja,1909-1992
  • 1920-1960 (Creation)
    Zdrojewski, Henryk, 1900-1969

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The fonds consists of 0.1 m of textual and graphic records (334 photographs).

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Henryk was born in Warsaw, Poland on November 20, 1900, to Teofil Zdrojewski and Maria (nee Ropelewska) Zdrojewska.
Henryk was a mechanical engineer. At the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, Henryk made his way through Hungary to France with the 1st Grenadiers’ Division, a Polish infantry formation raised in France in 1940, and took part in the Battle of France in 1940. From 1940 to 1946, he was stationed at various posts in Scotland as part of the Polish Forces in the United Kingdom. He served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Transport Company, 3rd Infantry Division at Crawford in June and July of 1940, then as 2nd Lieutenant in the Transport Company, 1st Independent Rifle Brigade, Polish I Corps, in Biggar and Ladybank, from July 1940 to December 1942. From 1942 to 1946, he was part of the 7th Workshop Company, 4th Infantry Division of the Polish No. I Corps, in Alloa, Chirnside, Coupar Angus, Broughty-Ferry, and Banff Military Camp. He received the War Medal 1939/45 in 1946. Following the end of the war, he was part of the Polish Resettlement Corps (PRC), residing in Banff, Kinross, Dunfermline, Alness, and Edinburgh between 1946 and 1948. He was formally discharged from Polish Resettlement Corps in 1949.
Henryk married Lucja Gerjatowicz in Perth, Scotland, on August 4, 1945. Together with his wife, he immigrated to Canada in 1950, leaving Liverpool on February 1st and arriving in Halifax on February 8th of that year aboard the Empress of France. They made their way by rail to Winnipeg, where they settled.
In Winnipeg, Henryk was employed as the manager at Traders Building Associates Ltd. He was a member of the A. Mynarski V.C. Branch 34, Royal Canadian Legion.
Henryk died in Winnipeg on August 18, 1969.

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Lucja was born on October 31, 1909, in Minsk, Poland, to parents Jozef and Rozalia (nee Juszkiewicz) Gerjatowicz.
She completed her nursing education with the Polish Red Cross in 1930 in Lwow (Lviv). From 1930 to 1939, she was enlisted as a nurse in the District Corps No. VI, working at the Lwow Military Hospital in the radiography laboratory.
At the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, she made her way through Hungary to Parthenay, France, where she worked as a nurse at the temporary hospital beginning in 1940. Later in 1940, she relocated to Dunfermline, Scotland, and resided in various locations in Scotland for the rest of the war. From 1945 to 1947, she was part of the Polish Auxiliary Territorial Services (ATS). Under the auspices of the Polish No. I Corps, she worked in No. 2 Polish General Hospital “Sefa” in Dupplin Castle, Scotland until 1946 and received The War Medal 1939/45 for her service there. Lucja married Henryk (Henry) Zdrojewski in Perth, Scotland, on August 4, 1945. She was released from the ATS Polish Resettlement Corps in 1948 in Edinburgh.
Together with her husband, she immigrated to Canada in 1950, arriving in Halifax on February 8th of that year aboard the Empress of France, and made her way by rail to Winnipeg, where they settled. Lucja received her Canadian citizenship in 1955.
She was active in the Polish community in Winnipeg and was a member of the Polish Canadian Women’s Federation Branch no. 7.
She died in Winnipeg on July 12, 1992, aged 82 years.

Custodial history

The custodial history of the fonds was not originally noted; however, it is believed that the records were donated to Ogniwo Polish Museum following the death of Lucja Zdrojewski in 1992. The records were processed and described in 2018 and 2019.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of textual documents and photographs relating to the wartime service of Lucja and Henryk Zdrojewski, as well as their marriage documents and documents relating to their emigration and travel to Canada. The fonds also consists of 334 photographs taken in Hungary and Scotland during the Second World War.

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Some of the records are deteriorating and have been placed into protective archival sleeves.

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  • English
  • French
  • Hungarian
  • Polish

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There are no restrictions on access; however, due to the fragile state of some of the textual records, the records may only be consulted under the guidance of a staff member.

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Users must abide by relevant copyright legislation.

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Artefacts separated from A-2018-12 Zdrojewski family fonds and placed into OPMA Artefact collections:
• Three military patches likely belonging to Henryk Zdrojewski.
• A metal link bracelet. The main and largest link features a picture of Monte Cassino stamped into the metal, and the text “M. Cassino 18-V-1944”. The note that came with it says it belonged to Lucja Zdrojewska; however, this is believed to have been a gift as there is no evidence that Lucja was present at Monte Cassino.

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The description was created in 2019 and uploaded in 2020.

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  • English

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