Zbigniew Pawlowicz's photos of WW2 displaced Poles in Foxley camp, Herefordshire, UK
General History
Foxley DP camp history
Foxley Manor
Foxley Manor house
Life in the DP Camp - Entertainment
Foxley DP camp scenes
Education was in English
Religious events
Camp barracks
Living conditions in Foxley camp
Herefordshire countryside
Marriage and children
Bringing up children in a DP camp
Foxley was miles from anywhere
Work and Play
Earning a living
Reunion 26 September 2009
Reunion of Foxley residents

Work and Play

Earning a living often meant working outside Foxley where the work could be found, in places like Bulmers Cider factory in Hereford or St Mary's Mental Hospital in nearby Burghill village. Wages were supplemented by whatever means possible - in ZP's case he sold photos in order to fund his hobby.

ZP worked first at Bulmers and then at St Mary's (where he got a new name "Mike" because his own was a mouthful):

Sign to St Mary's mental hospital

St Mary's Mental Hospital

He was proud when he got his white coat after becoming a State Registered Nurse for Mental Health (he later taught psychiatric nursing at St Mary's and other hospitals). His transition from "blue collar" work to "white collar" work was fairly typical of the Foxley camp residents.

ZP in his medical white coat

Nursing colleagues:

Male hospital colleagues

Female medical colleagues

Two more

Work had its own social life:


If you could do something yourself it saved money (like haircuts):


Families would have their picture taken, defraying the cost of his photographic hobby:

Proud parents and son

Young ladies

Sunday best

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