I was born in Poland in 1924 and I was forced to leave my homeland in 1944.
I came to England in November 1946 arriving by boat to Liverpool . From there I was sent to Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk Camp to be with the Polish sentiment course. In July 1947 I was demobbed and was offered work at British Bata. There were 13 Poles originally of which I was one. We took up residence in the Community House, later known as Bata Hotel and now Stanford House. I began work on 17th July 1947 and worked in Department 405, manipulation, my floor manager was Alan Cossins. I learned how to cut shoe uppers on the machine clicker and by hand in the ample room.
In October 1947 I met really pretty Ambler and we married in July 1950.
We had lovely times in Bata in our younger days. There was the cinema and the swimming pool which has a lot of pleasure to us and our children. Then there were the sports days which I enjoyed as I was active in the field events, tennis I was playing member of the club, not forgetting the Saturday night dances in the ballroom and of course the Recreation Club.
My years in Bata was like belonging to an extended family, so many people you knew and could talk to, you need never feel lonely.
I always enjoyed my hobby of photography so I have many pictures of my time in East Tilbury.
Adam with other members of the Camera Club.