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.
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 spend his retirement years at Edinburgh Zoo and died in 1963.
You can read the full story of Wojtek.
Website – Wojtek Memorial Trust