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Poltrace



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Post Posted: Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:07 pm      Post subject: Francis Joseph Nicklewski
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Hi I am trying to trace my father. Francis Joseph Nicklewski. I know that he was born in Poland (possibly) in Tymowa, in 1921. He was in the military (possible a submariner) and was stationed in Scotland (possibly at Thurso) during WW2. He married in 1950, at which time his surname changed to Nickel, and immigrated to Australia in 1951. I found 2 versions of his marriage certificate, one in the name of Nicklewski and another with the name of Nickel. I also found an index to his application for naturalization in the National Archives but the document is "Closed for 100 years" the reason given as "Contains sensitive personal information which would substantially distress or endanger a living person or his or her descendants". Francis never talked about his past and we have no other information about his family or his time in Scotland. I would love to hear from anybody who can help further my discovery.
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Post Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 2:12 am      Post subject:
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Jannine,
Have you made an actual formal application to the National Archives for his files ? i.e. his immigration file as well as his naturalisation file.
If they redact the sensitive information, they may still be able to release some pages.
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Post Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 3:13 am      Post subject:
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I have put in an FOI request for his naturalisation file. I haven't found any reference to his immigration file but I will keep looking. Thank you for responding.
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Post Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:35 pm      Post subject:
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Hello,

I found 2 possible villages named Tymowa:

1. Tymowa [tɨˈmɔva] is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Czchów, within Brzesko County, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, in southern Poland.

Family Search (LDS) has microfilms that include births for 1920s. If you live near a family history center, you can order the films online and review them at the center. Here is the link:

https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/819218?availability=Family%20History%20Library

2. There is one other Tymowa, but I have not located online records for it yet:

Tymowa [tɨˈmɔva] (German: Thiemendorf) is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Ścinawa, within Lubin County, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, in south-western Poland.[1] Prior to 1945 it was in Germany.

Hope this helps,
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Post Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:25 pm      Post subject:
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And don't discount the (highly likely) possibility of incorrect recording of place names. So also include the 2 Tymawa villages in the north and north east of Poland. One in the Pomorskie region, the other in the Warminsko-mazurskie region.
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Post Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:12 pm      Post subject:
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This is fascinating, it must have been really hard work without the internet.
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Post Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:30 pm      Post subject: Camp165
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I am so impressed by the detail that people are providing. Thanks to Krzysztof sending me a name change notification I now believe that Franciszek was based at Camp165 in Wattern Scotland until 1948. This would tie in with Francis's vague references to living near Thurso, and the total secrecy about his work.
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Post Posted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:19 am      Post subject:
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Hi, I have attached a photograph of Francis, sorry it's a bit blurry. Does anybody recognize the uniform?


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Post Posted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:49 am      Post subject:
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Definitely Navy.
So I started with the sleeve - either Polish (Sub-Lieutenant) or British (Sub-Lieutenant or Warrant Officer).
Then I tried to make out the badge on the cap. Googled British and Polish Navy caps. I think that it is Polish.
So Polish Naval Sub-Lieutenant would be my response.

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Post Posted: 7 Days ago at 4:03 am      Post subject:
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Thank you
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