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Saturday, 10 August, 2002, 11:21 GMT 12:21 UK
Memories from a Polish war hospital
Polish Hospital saints picture
Artwork created by Polish war veterans
Memorabilia from a Polish Army hospital - set up in north Wales after World War II - has gone on display.

Polish people - who suffered at the hands of the Nazis and Soviet Union - made a long and difficult journey through war-torn Europe to arrive at Penley in 1946.

The hospital, near Wrexham, closed down in March this year after nearly 60 years of caring for ex-servicemen and their families.

Picture from Penley hospital
Old photographs are part of the exhibition

An exhibition has been opened at Wrexham Museum to commemorate the history of the community which have grown out of the casualties of war.

The hospital, became the UK home of the Polish Army in 1946, and, at its peak was the home of more than 2000 patients and staff.

Jonathan Gammond, interpretation officer at Wrexham Museum hopes the exhibition will piece together information about the community.

"In 1941, the Poles formed an army and a military hospital which travelled across the world with the troops," he said.

"They fought in North Africa and up through Italy and travelled over most of Europe.

"But when the war came to an end, the people didn't want to go back to Poland," said Mr Gammond.

Penley Hospital
The hospital base was set up after the war

Many of the Poles travelled to Liverpool after fighting in Italy and their hospital was set up in nearby Penley to continue the treatment of many casualties.

The hospital was based in buildings that had been used by the Americans during the war.

During its 56-year-history, patients painted pictures and created symbols of Polish heritage.

Artwork

A chapel, which has since been demolished, was also built featuring a four-foot-high picture of the saints which was hung behind the altar.

This artwork, along with photographs and other artefacts have been put on display ay the museum.

Mr Gammond said: "There is still a very large Polish community living in this area and we want them to come forward with their pictures and memories of the hospital.

"Many of them have some amazing stories of how they came to live in Penley and we are keen to create an archive of material on the compelling story of our local Polish community."

The exhibition will run until the beginning of October, with an open evening planned for members of the Polish community to see the display on 16 September.


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