ISBN 978-0-9569934-9-6


This book documents the experience of living in Polish resettlement camps in England and Wales after WW2. It is a photographic record of events in the camps brought to life in personal stories by past residents. In 75,000 words and 700 images the book covers thirty camps and six Polish boarding schools.

Second and third generation descendants researching their past, find little or no information about how or why their parents or grandparents came here, how they lived and integrated in the British community. Similarly, English communities are increasingly aware that military camps in their neighbourhood emptied after WW2 then filled with displaced persons. They find few records about who these people were, where they came from or their personal and social lives. This book recreates the spirit of that period and fills a historical void. Available ONLY in the UK  or


 Lists of  known Polish Civilian Family camps 1947-1969


 With information and photos

Northwick Park   Gloucestershire N.A.B.Polish Families camp 1947 to 1970. Kelvedon Essex Family camp1949-1958/59
Ashby Folville  Leicestershire closed 1956/58.  Keevil Steeple Ashton nr Trowbridge Wiltshire Family camp1949--1957/8
Babdown    Gloucestershire N.A.B. Family Camp 1948 to 1959 Ludford Magna Lincolnshire  RAF camp 1940 to 1945 Major Polish transit camp for up to 700 refugees until around 1948/9 with a dwindling core of about 40 families remaining beyond 1955/56
Blackshaw Moor  StaffordshireN.S.H.C.  Families camp 1947 to 1961 Market Harborough  Leicestershire also known as (Lubbenham)
Burton on the Wolds Leicestershire 1948- 1959 Melton Mowbray  Leicestershire N.A.B. Families 1947 to 1961/62
Checkendon  Berkshire Polish hostel l1948 to 1961 had a Polish school with about 40 children.  Head teacher was H.L.M. Mason, Mrs A. Mróz teacher Prist J. Nowak. Morpeth Common Northumberland Family camp 1947-1962
Daglingworth  Gloucestershire N.A.B Polish Families camp, closed on termination  of lease by 1961 Podington  Bedfordshire 1948- 1956 In the early 50s there were 300 Poles (squatting in camp) in the camp.
Damfield Lane / Maghull    Liverpool family camp 1947 /Mid 1950s  Penley North Wales. 1946  2002  (known as  No. 3 Hospital )with just a hand full of patient left the old hospital wards were closed. A new little hospital now stands at one end of the camp grounds. Iscoyd Park North Wales 1947-1956 Polish Military Hospital. (  known as hospital 4)
Doddington  nr Crewe. Cheshire    2nd largest  NAB Families camp 1960/61 Penrhos North Wales. RAF aerodrome. PKPR. (Polish demobilisation Corps) Today a Polish retirement home run by Polish Housing Society Ltd. 
Delamere Park. Northwich  Cheshire P.R. C. Polish Family Camp1949-1963 Springhill Lodges Gloucestershire N.A.B. Polish Families camp 1947 to 1958
East Moor   Yorkshire NAB  Polish dependants camp1948/9 to 1959 in 1949 there were 223 men ,271 women and 187 children living in the camp Seighford Staffordshire N.A.B. Polish family Camp
Fairford  N.A.B. Gloucestershire was the largest Polish Families camp. Had to be closed on termination of lease by 1959 Stowell Park School Gloucestershire  New Photos
Foxley Herefordshire closed 1955

School in Scotland  Marie Curie-Skłodowska  Polish secondary school for girls  1941 New

Husbands Bosworth Leicestershire Families Diddington Park School  Huntingdonshire
Hiltingbury  Southampton Polish Second Corps' dependents' hostel In 1947 there were 843 people living in the camp.  Southampton Council re-housed the remaining families in council houses and the camp closed in 1956/57. Lilford School Northamptonshire 
Hodgemoor nr Amersham Buckinghamshire 1947 - 1959 Families Tilstock   Higher Heath Shropshire Polish  army families camp 1947 until late1950s
Haydon Park  Somerset Was for a while the Josef Conrad secondary Polish school also home to DP families closed 1955/6 Tweesdmuir Surrey
Ilford Park nr. Stover Devon Families up to the 60s today newly built retirement home and hospice. Wheaton Aston Staffordshire Families 1965/66

 Lists of  other known Polish Civilian Family camps 1947-1969


Camps about which I have little or no information. The majority of them were taken over in the very early 50s and run by  Local Authorities. If any of the camps were home to you or your family and and you would like to add your memories, stories and photos please get in touch with me. 

Bower Wood Beaconsfield Buckinghamshire. Families  1955/56 Lowther Park Penrith NAB.  Polish Dependants Camp1 948 In 1949 there were 116 men 106 women and 74 children The camp closed in 1955 /6
Burlington Crossing Stourport In  1951 there were nine Polish families in residence. Long Marston Warwickshire MOD Central Engineers stores and  camp for Polish demobilised  soldiers worked and lived  1948 to 1968.
Breighton Airfield  North Yorkshire In 1949 there were 35 Polish families living there. Lulsgate Bottom Ex RAF Camp nr. Bristol in1953 there were 26 Polish families living there. To day is the site of Bristol Air Port
Carr Lane Hull NAB

Marsworth  near Dunstable 1949 Tring Herts. A large NAB  Families Camp closed 1960/61

Coombe Park Henley  Records from 1953 show that there were 28 Polish Families living on the site which was accepted by the Ministry of Works Mepal  Cambridgeshire 1948-1958 Families. Run by the NAB
EttingtonPark Stratford on Avon 38 families living on site in 1953 Nettlebed Berkshire  NAB 1947 to 1955 merged with Checkendon
Elsham Wolds Lincolnshire RAF Camp run by the war office. Records from 1953 show that there were 40 Polish Families living on the site which was accepted by the Local Authorities. Petworth camp West Sussex Had a Polish school and library 1949 to 1955  Records from 1953 show that there were 94 Polish Families living on the site which was accepted by the Local Authorities.
Five Oaks, Horsham Records show there were 83 Families still living there in 1953. Perton Hostel  Wolverhampton RAF Perton was a small training establishment with the potential of housing many families. In was a mixed Anglo Polish Hostel
Grove Park Iver  Buckinghamshire.  When the military moved out in the late 40s the camp was occupied by squatters, families of Polish soldiers with no were else to go.  In1957the war office closed the camp evicting 4 families with children and giving a months notice to the remaining twenty three people. St.Mawgan N.A.B. Polish dependants hostel. In 1949 there were 103 men, 71 women and 62 Juveniles and children living on the site.
Great Missenden Woodlands Park camp military and families 1956 Southrop Gloucestershire 1947-1950  RAF Southrop was a Royal Air Force station west of the village of Southrop, Gloucestershire during World War II from August 1940 to November 1947 Between 1947 and 1950 It housed Polish families.
Hazlemere High Wycombe 1948 P.In 1951 with arrival of 70 Polish families  the camp it lost it's military  character becoming a hostel for civilians. Records from 1953 show that there were 94 Polish Families living on the site which was accepted by the Local Authorities. It closed  in 1955/6 Sturgate Airfield Lincoln  Polish dependent Hostel.  In 1949 there were a 103 men, 71 women, 61 juveniles and children living in the empty airfield buildings. The NAB rejected the camp as a viable Polish  housing estate dew to lack of employment.
Hallburn Hostel LongtownCumberland1947---1953/4  in 1952 there were 32 Polish families Strood Park Horsham  33 families living there in 1953 Run by Local Authorities.
Hardwick Hall  Chesterfield  1947 1955 Records show 45 families living the in 1953 Weeting Hall Brandon Norfolk 1949 to  1955  47 families in 1953Families.
Howberry Park Berks. Weston on Trent 1953 records show 31 families
Kelstern   Airfield Lincoln  Polish dependent Hostel. In 1949 there were 81 men, 124 women and 87 Juveniles and children living in the Hostel. The NAB rejected the camp as a viable Polish  housing estate dew to lack of employment. Wynnstay Wrexham  In 1953 here 37 families still living on the site. By 1956 the Council re-housed the residents of the camp absorbing them in to the community.


Life in a typical Polish DP Camp Northwick Park

in Gloucestershire

List and Information

on other family CAMPS


Polish Boarding Schools

Ships' Names and passenger lists

of  Polish DPs from Africa and Europe.

List of Polish Resettlement Corps Camps


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