Monday, 4 February 2013

Recent Donation

A local resident recently gifted a sizable collection of artefacts relating to a Polish soldier who was dispatched to St Andrews during the Second World War to help defend the East coast. The collection includes his military papers, but more intriguingly, a Polish art book and St Johns Ambulance bandage.

The art book contains numerous examples of Polish art from the turn of the twentieth century, and there is a lengthy introduction at the beginning that needs translating. If anyone is willing, please get in touch! It is such a beautiful book that it is a shame to know so little about it.

The bandage is interesting as it shows the many different ways in which it can be used. It is quite curious that it belonged to a Polish WW2 soldier though, as the bandage dates from the First World War. The plot thickens! Unfortunately the donor couldn’t shed any light on this, so it can only be presumed that our Polish soldier came across this during his time in Scotland in the early 1940’s.

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