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Polish War Memorial
The Invergordon Archive
Polish War Memorial

The wonderful setting of the War Memorial. The magnificent Beech trees behind the memorial are now well over 100ft tall and just add to this perfect setting.
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Picture added on 27 May 2006
How interesting, Harry. The road off to the left leads to the Castle grounds and, of course, the old Games' field. The lane going off right, at right angles, leads straight to the 'BA straight' and was known, I believe, as the 'Cool' Lane (correction - Cool Walk) due to being tree-lined and providing shade from the sun.
Added by Malcolm McKean on 27 May 2006
Wonderful shot, branching off to the right is what was known as the Horse-shoe Bend....
Added by Harry O'Neill on 27 May 2006
Hi Malcolm, Doug Will has answered the question as to location of the Polish Camp. The ruins you mention would indeed be part of the camp. The location you mention north side and half way down would be about where the water tank was located...
Douglas, the Canadian camps were located just south of Tain. I believe there were 2 camps and they were named but cannot remember the names.....
Added by Harry O'Neill on 28 May 2006
The Polish camp was on both sides of the road which went from the Mains Road to the Tomich Road. There were also huts going to the left too - these may have been the officers' huts. Question: can anyone remember where the Canadian troops were camping - was it in the same camp?
Added by Doug Will on 28 May 2006
Harry, I've now added a 'Larger version' of this picture with an extract of an old Ordnance Survey map dating back to 1880. Just click on the link to view it.
I've highlighted some details, particularly the 'Black Ditch' which is the upper of the two blue lines. The lower blue line is the second ditch which is regularly cleared by the farmers. Where this 'meets' the Horse-shoe road there is now a single-track road bridge and the road continues along that line of the field boundary to the Black Ditch, where there is another bridge. The road then turns sharp left along to the next field boundary and then turns sharp right and heads towards the road from Lower Kincraig Farm. This 'new' stretch of road is known as the 'Yellow Brick Road' or 'Ackie's Road' (the latter for obvious reasons).
These old maps have a wealth of information and can be found at www.old-maps.co.uk/ (Just enter Invergordon under the place-name search.)
Added by Malcolm McKean on 28 May 2006
Hi Harry, thanks for this information as I have often wondered precisely where the Polish camp was located. On the north side of the straight road to Tomich Road there are some old ruins, about half-way along, which are now almost completely overgrown. Would these be part of the old camp?
Added by Malcolm McKean on 28 May 2006
Hi Malcolm, I am really enjoying those pictures. Yes the road that goes off at right angles comes out at Tomich Rd. This is where the Polish camp was and yes it was tree lined at that time. The right branch was called the Horse-shoe bend due to its shape; it went right round to the other side of the Castle gounds. There was no other road then, but I understand now that there is and it comes out near Kincraig...
Added by Harry O'Neill on 28 May 2006
The road that Harry mentions as coming out at Kincraig was known as "The Concrete Road" probably because it was neither tarmac nor dirt track but is actually made from concrete!! It runs past some farm worker cottages before coming to a T junction (one T goes through Kincraig farm, the other up to the main A9). Am not too sure, but assume it was made by a farmer. But it could have been something to do with the Polish Camps.
Added by Anon on 29 May 2006
I am so delighted to see this photo. My father was training there during the war. He often told me about the place but we never got to see it. Dad passed away some years ago now. He was born in Poland and in 1938 moved to France where he joined the FFI when France got invaded. Escaped to UK where joined Polish army. Dad's name was Czeslaw Czarnecki. I am going to see the memorial in a few months. He has 2 medals FFI, and Monte Casino 1944.
Added by John Czarnecki on 01 July 2015
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