The Polish community was here in force yesterday to honour General Wladyslaw Anders, a war hero and politician. After the invasion of Poland during World War II he led 'Anders Army' in exile, which later became the 2nd Polish Corps, and which distinguished itself at Monte Cassino. Following the War, unwilling to return to Soviet-dominated Poland, he was prominent in the Polish govenment in exile in London. General Anders died in London in 1970, and was buried, in accordance with his wishes, alongside his comrades at the large Polish war cemetery at Monte Cassino.
However, as Fr Slawomir pointed out, this was the long-standing Polish community in London, that represents those who came over during or after the war. The new wave of migrants, which has so transformed our society, was not present, as the figure of General Anders is less immediate to them.