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Made wellingtons in three countries. - 1948
Twice in his life time, 48 years old Waist-laster Valerien Adamovicz, of Dept 323, has left his native Poland in search of freedom. The first occasion was in 1924, when with many of his compatriots, he went across Europe to France, where his work was needed, and where there was freedom from want. It was there that Valerien started work in a factory making rubber boots, and during his six years there he learned every possible job related to their manufacture. It was there also that he met that very pretty Polish girl, who, in 1928, was to become his wife. In 1931, after the birth of their son, Val and family returned to Poland where conditions had improved and again found work with wellington manufacturers.
The dark clouds of 1939 approached far too quickly, and with the joint Nazi-Bolshevik attack on Poland, Valerien, in the Polish Army, had to leave his wife and son behind in what is now part of Soviet Russia, and has never heard of them since.
He saw service in Iran, Iraq, Palestine, Egypt and Italy, as sergeant in the Field Ambulance Section of Gen. Anders’ forces. When the end of the war came, Valerien preferred voluntary exile in Britain to returning to Poland.
Some six months ago, with other members of the Polish Resettlement Corps, he came to East Tilbury, and has been happy to continue his pre-war occupation of waist-laster.