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The Invergordon Archive

Polish War Memorial
The Invergordon Archive
Polish War Memorial

A service at the memorial. The date is not known. Judging by the amount of leaf on the trees, it cannot be the November service of Armistice, so must be commemorating another event.
Picture added on 13 February 2005
The man with glasses, 6th right might be the late Frank Krefta.
Added by Ronald Stewart on 18 September 2005
The Polish armistice day is usually held the week following Remembrance Day, although there are leaves on the trees it could still be November as this year there were leaves on the trees on the ground and everywhere else.
Added by Kate Bell on 15 December 2006
Definitely Frank Krefta - used to be a friend of my dad's - George Kaminski.
Added by Irene Phillips (nee Kaminski) on 30 December 2007
I believe the gentleman holding the umbrella above the minister is Otto Stainke, Parkhill, Kildary. Otto has lived there for around 52/53 years and with his late wife Ena and family - Edmund, Edith, Alan and Michael who all live locally with their respective spouses, they have been great neighbours of my family, the Fraser's during that time and contributed to a great little hamlet, along with other families such as the Morrisons, Campbells, Geddes's, Hendersons, Mackenzies, Nicholsons, Barnetson's, and O'Donnels, who have all spent many, many years there.
Added by John Fraser on 01 January 2008
The two men standing at the back of the gentleman with the duffle coat, are Eddie Gorecki on the left, and Waldec Lachmanski. I also think that the man standing behind Frank Krefta looks like Eddie Stefaniak. Could the young man standing at the front in the black suit be Eddie Maliki?
Added by John Urquhart on 02 January 2008
I think that the young man in the black suit is probably Edmund Stainke - Ed would have been about 21/22 at the time.
Added by Graham Mackenzie on 04 January 2008
The man with glasses is definitely Frank Krefta, my father. The Polish monument meant a lot to him and he worked long and hard, as did others, to raise money for restoration.
Added by Dorothy Krefta on 13 November 2012
I agree with Graham and have no doubt that the young man on the right looking at his dad Otto, holding the umbrella, is Edmund. Eddie Maliki used to have fair hair - I emphasise the words "used to". Otto is still going strong and continues to live in Kildary, where he has been for over 55 years. Ed is working in China and his home is still at Achnagarron, although I believe he also has a place in Spain.
Added by John Fraser on 13 November 2012
The tall man in the light coat to the left of Frank Krefta in the picture is Paul Lippic (spelling may be suspect) who lives in Tain. Paul played the organ and led the singing in Saint Josephs chapel when I attended in late 50s and through the 1960s.
Added by George Mackay on 19 November 2012
Definitely my uncle Frank Krefta...also worked hard to get the RC chapel built.
Added by Brian Forsyth on 09 December 2012
I think this was in May 1966 to celebrate the Millennium of Christianity in Poland with the Bishop of Aberdeen officiating at the dedication service. I think, but could be wrong, that the young man is Wieslaw Pliszka from near Perth whose parents were both stationed at the Polish camp.
Added by Irene Krefta on 19 November 2013
A good friend of my dad's was Stanley Stelzchik. Forgive the spelling as I never knew how to spell his name.
Added by John Czarnecki on 01 July 2015
I have it on good authority (from the man himself) that the younger man on the right of the picture is definitely not Ed Stainke.
Added by David Gordon on 22 August 2015
My understanding of why this monument was built, was as a thank you to the people of Invergordon..Is this indicated on the monument? I think that originally it was. Built my the Polish soldiers.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 18 June 2018
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