PHOTOS – Wojtek Memorial, Solider Bear

Wojtek the "Soldier Bear"

Wojtek the “Soldier Bear”

Saturday 8th November 2015 saw the official unveiling of the Wojtek Memorial in West West Princes Street Gardens. Wojtek, the “Soldier Bear” – was adopted by Polish troops in 1943  and helped them carry ammunition at the Battle of Monte Cassino.

The sculpture by Alan Beattie-Herriott is absolutely stunning and a wonderful addition to the Gardens.

Wojciech Narebski with Wojtek

Wojciech Narebski with Wojtek

We popped along the morning after the unveiling and were lucky to meet Wojciech Narebski, the last living person to have served alongside Wojtek. He wanted to visit (and hug) Wotjek before flying back to Poland. It was an honour to speak to him and he told us that having Edinburgh Castle as a backdrop reminded him of Monte Cassino

Wojciech Narebski was a soldier in the 22nd Artillery Supply Corp with “Wojtek” and has been honoured by many for his work in describing his experiences and promoting awareness of the valour of the Polish soldiers and “Wojtek, the Soldier Bear”.

Wojtek Memorial

Wojtek Memorial

Wojtek Memorial

Wojtek Memorial

Wojtek spend his retirement years at Edinburgh Zoo and died in 1963.

You can read the full story of Wojtek.

Wojtek Memorial

Wojtek Memorial

Wojtek

Wojtek

Wojtek Memorial

Wojtek Memorial

Wojciech Narebski

Wojciech Narebski

 

Further information 

Website – Wojtek Memorial Trust

Wojtek Memorial Trust Facebook page and on twitter @WojtekMT

Credit: Wojtek Memorial Trust of the unveiling

Credit: Wojtek Memorial Trust of the unveiling

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