Polish Burials at All Saints Marsworth churchyard

There are 18 Polish graves in the churchyard of All Saints, always beautifully tended.

 

The Polish graves in the 1950s

 

The Polish graves, 2019

 

Layout of the graves in All Saints churchyard

 

The numbers in the box relate to those given for the rows and plots in the Burial Register.

 

Polish Burials – All Saints Marsworth

Row

Name

Abode

When Buried

Age

10, No. 34

Stanislaw Karpinski

Marsworth Hostel

14 March 1949

54

10, No. 33

Zygmunt Marsalek

Marsworth Hostel

30 July 1949

21

10, No. 32

Eudokia Bazyluk

Marsworth Hostel

1 Oct. 1949

56

10, No. 27

Jan Roslanowski

Marsworth Hostel

24 Oct. 1949

59

10, No. 31

Tatjana Wozniak

Marsworth Hostel

17 Nov. 1950

50

10, No. 30

Paulina Celtner

Marsworth Hostel

23 Dec. 1950

56

10, No. 29

Ks. Ludwik Zmikowski

Polish Hostel, Marsworth

28 June 1952

51

10, No. 28

Tomasz Bednarczyk

Polish Hostel, Marsworth

23 August 1952

64

11, No 33

Petronela Szczepanska

Polish Hostel, Marsworth

October 1954

42

11, No 31

Stanislaw Wozniak

9 Grantham Road, Luton

18 Dec. 1954

20

10, No. 26

Aniela Wielgomas

Marsworth Hostel

19 March 1955

39

10, No. 25

Stefania Olcnowicz

Marsworth Hostel

23 July 1955

75

10, No. 24

Jozef Parkitny

Marsworth Hostel

27 August 1955

45

10, No. 23

Jozef Ginalski

2 Vicarage Road, Marsworth

28 Sept. 1957

58

10, No. 27

Jan Oleszkiewicz

Polish Hostel, Marsworth

25 May 1958

2 days

11, No 30

Ignacy Wozniak

Luton & Dunstable Hospital

20 August 1958

63

11, No 32

Waclaw Szczepanski

Pitstone

25 July 1962

59

10, No.26

Bronislaw Wielgomas

Leighton Buzzard

3 April 2003

90

12, No. 30

George Wojniak

Aston Clinton

31 July 2006

54

 

Brunon Labuda

Ilkeston, Derbyshire

16 July 2014

86

 

Doreen Labuda

Kirk Hallam, Derbyshire

23 April 2015

86

11, No 34

No name

 

 

 

 

 

Problem Polish graves in All Saints churchyard

The unnamed grave marked by a simple wooden cross.


There is no reference in the All Saints Burial Register of any burial in this plot (Row 11, 34),
nor in the book of Interment Locations.

One theory is that it may be the grave of Janina Puszczyńska, a Polish aristocrat.
Wladyslaw Szyszko (who lives in Pitstone and who used to maintain the Polish graves in Marsworth churchyard with his wife Anna) made the cross himself and told a previous vicar at Marsworth church that the grave was that of Puszczyńska.

 

Another theory is that it is of a teacher at the Polish Saturday School who was made redundant and committed suicide by jumping off the Pitstone railway bridge.

 

The other problem is the two names associated with Row 10, 27; the baby Jan Oleszkiewicz and Jan Roslanowski.


This is confirmed both in the Burial Register and the book of Interment Locations.

 

Fr Ludwik Zmikowski was a very popular priest of the Hostel, killed tragically in 1952.

 

 

Another grave is that of Zygmunt Marsalek, who was drowned in Wlstone Reservoir in July 1949 at the age of 21. Apparently he had only come to visit the Hostel site a few days earlier.

 

Inquest into death by drowning of Zygmunt Marszalek

 

Part of the report in the Bucks Herald of 5th August 1949

 

On the bottom of Wilstone Reservoir, resting on a red bed under eight feet of water, lay a
21-year-old Polish student, Zygmunt Marszalek. 
On the bank was a perturbed crowd of bathers, many of them Poles. The Englishmen could not make out what had happened, because of the language difficulty. A Pole pointed … and into the water slipped Mr. William Cooling, a young married man from New Mill, Tring, who had just joined the crowd. Ten yards out he did a surface dive – and came up with the Pole. 

 

Another Tring young man, Mr. Robert Stewart, swam to his aid. A dingy was paddled out to them, and soon the Pole was brought to the bank. Three policemen applied artificial respiration.
After an hour a Polish doctor told them it was no good. Marszalek had been in the water too long to be revived.

 

The tragedy took place on Sunday week, and the inquest was held on Friday at the
Victoria Hall, Tring.

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The Polish doctor could not say whether Marszalek had had cramp or a heart attack.

 

The Coroner regretted the delay in searching for Marszalek, but at the same time said it was easy to be wise after the event. He appreciated that it was difficult to understand what had happened from the Polish bathers. He recorded a verdict of “Accidental Death”.

 

Marszalek had come to the Polish camp at Marsworth only a few days before from a college in Cambridgeshire, to spend a few months’ holiday with his mother and brothers, who live at the camp. It was his first visit to the reservoir. He passed a swimming course in East Africa.

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