John Mazurek, SV/PROG (c.1775 - d.)

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Managed by: Mariusz Kowalski
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It is highly probable that Jan (John, Johannes) Mazurek was the soldier of the 2nd Polish Legion formed in Italy (as a part of Napoleon’s army). His detachment was transported at the beginning of 1803 to Haiti, where he took part in the operations against the anti-French uprising. He was taken prisoner of war by the British on October 12th, 1803, after Cayes had capitulated. He was transported to Jamaica, where he was recruited on October 28th, 1803, to the 60th Regiment of Foot (Kirkor, 1981; WO 12/6875). Until 1810 his unit operated in the Caribbean, and then, after a short stay in England, was transported to the Cape on the man-of-war “Lion” (September 1811). After his service had ended, Mazurek submitted an application for settling in the Colony (CO 3905/290).

Source: Kowalski M., 2009, Polish soldier-immigrants to South Africa in the period of French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars (1789-1815), (in:) Familia, vol. 46, no. 3, pp. 147-164.

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