A TESTAMENT TO THE PAST PREPARED IN THE YEAR OF NATIONAL REMEMBRANCE 1996-1997
A register of the Polish war graves in Wellshill Cemetery Perth, arranged alphabetically, commemorating members of the Polish Armed Forces and those who served in the Polish Resettlement Corps, including post-war graves up to 1948. (see introduction)
The list of Polish casualties at
· Monument at
Polish Ranks: A Comparison with British Ranks
Explanation of Military Terms
Sources (to be completed)
According to the Register of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for the
it was in September 1940 when the Polish authorities expressed a wish for a special consecrated plot in a cemetery for the burial of members of their forces. As there was a substantial number of Polish troops in the area, Countyof Perthshire Wellshill Cemeterywas selected as one of the burial grounds. The local authorities set aside a special section in the Jeanfield Roadentrance for war graves and at the southern end of this section is the large Polish plot.
Perthis situated on the River Tay and can be reached from Glasgowvia the A9 or from via the M90. Edinburgh
Direction signs in Polish indicating the site of the Polish war graves have been erected.
The entrance is off
An imposing stone monument commemorating the fallen overlooks the Polish plot. The monument is inscribed
TO THE POLISH SOLDIERS
WHO DIED IN
FOR OUR FREEDOM AND YOURS
POLEGŁYM W LATACH
ZA NASZĄ WOLNOŚĆ I WASZĄ
An analysis by the Commission of this cemetery states that there are 354 Polish war graves made up of 339 Army,
4 Navy, 9 Air Force and 2 miscellaneous - 1 Polish nurse and 1 civilian.
Excluded from the Polish casualties are 26 members of the Polish Resettlement Corps (PRC) who are included in the British statistics and Lt-Col G K Langer also of the PRC who died on 30th March 1948. (The CWGC regard deaths after 31st December 1947 as non-War casualties).
cemetery contains 381 Polish graves - 50% of the war burials in
The earliest war casualty in the cemetery is that of pchor (Officer Cadet) Ulrych-Uleński who died on 18th November 1940 and the last known is Lieutenant-Colonel Langer.
Last modified 17 March 2009
Researched and prepared by Robert M Ostrycharz
© Copyright R M Ostrycharz 1998