Polish Graves at All Saints Marsworth 

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


While the Hostel had its own Catholic chapel, burials had to take place in the local All Saints churchyard. These funerals were always occasions for a remarkable procession from the Hostel chapel along Long Marston Road, over the canal bridge and up the hill to the church.


The Polish graves in the 1950s


The Polish graves, 2019




Polish Burials – All Saints Marsworth




When Buried


10, No. 34

Stanislaw Karpinski

Marsworth Hostel

14 March 1949


10, No. 33

Zygmunt Marsalek

Marsworth Hostel

30 July 1949


10, No. 32

Eudokia Bazyluk

Marsworth Hostel

1 Oct. 1949


10, No. 27

Jan Roslanowski

Marsworth Hostel

24 Oct. 1949


10, No. 31

Tatjana Wozniak

Marsworth Hostel

17 Nov. 1950


10, No. 30

Paulina Celtner

Marsworth Hostel

23 Dec. 1950


10, No. 29

Ks. Ludwik Zmikowski

Polish Hostel, Marsworth

28 June 1952


10, No. 28

Tomasz Bednarczyk

Polish Hostel, Marsworth

23 August 1952


11, No. 33

Petronela Szczepanska

Polish Hostel, Marsworth

October 1954


11, No. 31

Stanislaw Wozniak

9 Grantham Road, Luton

18 Dec. 1954


10, No. 26

Aniela Wielgomas

Marsworth Hostel

19 March 1955


10, No. 25

Stefania Olchowicz

Marsworth Hostel

23 July 1955


10, No. 24

Jozef Parkitny

Marsworth Hostel

27 August 1955


10, No. 23

Jozef Ginalski

2 Vicarage Road, Marsworth

28 Sept. 1957


10, No. 27

Jan Oleszkiewicz

Polish Hostel, Marsworth

25 May 1958

2 days

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10, No. 27a Doreen Labuda Kirk Hallam, Derbyshire 23 April 2015 86

11, No. 30

Ignacy Wozniak

Luton & Dunstable Hospital

20 August 1958


11, No. 32

Waclaw Szczepanski


25 July 1962


10, No. 26

Bronislaw Wielgomas

Leighton Buzzard

3 April 2003


12, No. 30

George Wojniak

Aston Clinton

31 July 2006


14, no. 15


Maria Gordon,formerly Puszczynska


18 June 1977





Elsewhere in the churchyard
at Row 14, no.15 is the grave of
 Maria Puszczynska Gordon,
who died
 18 June 1977.

'Mystery' grave in Polish section of churchyard


The unnamed grave marked by a simple wooden cross at Row 11, no.34, near the road appears to be part of the Polish section. However there is no reference in the All Saints Burial Register of any Polish burial in this plot, nor in the book of Interment Locations.


Wladyslaw Szyszko (who used to maintain the Polish graves in Marsworth churchyard with his wife Anna) said he made the cross himself and told a previous vicar at Marsworth church that the grave was that of Janina Puszczyńska. There is no record of her burial however.


It is more likely that the grave pre-dates the arrival of the Poles, and is of a local person.

The grave of Ludwik Zmikowski

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


Click here for more information and photographs of Fr Zmikowski on the Religion page. 


Zygmunt Marszalek was 21 years old when he died on 24th July 1949. He went swimming in Wilstone Reservoir, depsite the signs instructing people not to swim there. He drowned and despite efforts to save him it was too late.


According to the inquest, “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.”


Click here to read the inquest report


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