Mack Stawnychka

(1919 - 1944)

A photo of Mack Stawnychka
Miroslaw Stawnychka
1919 - 1944
Born
1919
Death
December 20, 1944
The Netherlands in Groesbeek, The Netherlands
Other Names
Mack
Summary
Mack Stawnychka was born in 1919. He had siblings Margaret, Ernie, Mary, Rose, Paul, and Annie. He died on December 20, 1944 at The Netherlands, Groesbeek, The Netherlands at age 25. We know that Mack Stawnychka had been residing in Canora, Division No. 9 County, SK Canada S0A 0L0.
Updated: November 11, 2020
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Family and friends called Miroslaw "Mack". He was greatly loved and very sadly missed by Margaret who often talked fondly of him. Mack was always remembered for his kind nature. I love you also Mack, although I never got to meet you. You are not forgotten. Always remember.
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Biography
Mack Stawnychka
Most commonly known name
Miroslaw Stawnychka
Full name
Mack
Nickname(s) or aliases
Canora, Division No. 9 County, SK Canada S0A 0L0
Last known residence
Male
Gender
Miroslaw Stawnychka was born in
Birth
Miroslaw Stawnychka died on at The Netherlands in Groesbeek, The Netherlands
Death
Miroslaw Stawnychka was born in
Miroslaw Stawnychka died on at The Netherlands in Groesbeek, The Netherlands
Birth
Death
K/A
Cause of death
'l/154496' Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery
Burial / Funeral
Heritage

Ethnicity & Lineage

Canadian Ukrainian

Nationality & Locations

Canadian
Childhood

Education

Amsterdam school, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Religion

Catholic
Adulthood

Professions

farmer

Personal Life

Mack was remembered for his kind and caring nature

Military Service

Service number: Netherlands
Rank: Private
Regiment: south Saskatchewan Regiment
Unit/ship/squadron: R.c.i.c.
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Miroslaw's immediate relatives including parents, siblings, partnerships and children in the Stawnychka family tree.

Siblings:

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1920 - 1984 1920 - 1984
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1933 - 2010 1933 - 2010
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Unknown - 1998 Unknown - 1998
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1923 - Unknown 1923 - Unknown
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1925 - 2011 1925 - 2011
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Unknown - Unknown Unknown - Unknown

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Sharon Rekush
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South Sask. Regiment company D took out an early morning raid while still under the cover of darkness on a long German trench which was heavily fortified. Private John Wathen reported that his best friend Mack was killed instantly by shrapnel just 3 or 4 feet away from him. He described the raid on the Germans as very frightening as shells and bullets were flying everywhere. He described how he tried to drag the injured to safety. He Also said that he knew for sure that his friend Mack Stawnychka was carrying letters and snaps from home (Canada) when he fell.
Aug 01, 2018 · Reply
Sharon Rekush
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Correction: In a letter to John Stawnychka (Mack's dad) John Wathen described that after his buddy Mack was hit he ran back to help him and there was nothing that he could have done so he then went on to help any injured fellow soldiers to safety.
Nov 11, 2020 · Reply
Sharon Rekush
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Private John Wathen, South Sask. Regiment may also have been called "Jack"
Aug 01, 2018 · Reply
Sharon Rekush
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Major O.C.D.Coy S.Sask Reg. CA.(0) extended his sympathy to the family of Mack Stawnychka. The major believed that Mack was killed instantly. Major described the fighting on Dec 20, 1944 in which Mack died as fierce. The major described Mack as a fine man and a gallant soldier. Their were also 28 other casualties. Also Captain Walker extended his condolences.
Aug 01, 2018 · Reply
Lori Russell
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Did he go by a different name ? Like the story here
Nov 02, 2020 · Reply
Christine Blinn
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His real name was Miroslaw but they called him Mack. I think Sharon listed below would know the most as I believe her mother was his sister? Unfortunately she never responded to me.
Nov 04, 2020 · Reply
Sharon Rekush
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At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.
Nov 11, 2020 · Reply
Sharon Rekush
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In memory of John Wathen (Mack's army buddy) Thank-you for your war service and bravery.
Nov 11, 2020 · Reply
Sharon Rekush
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Family and freinds loved Miroslaw "Mack" Stawnychka. After their mom got sick and died in Sask. Canada Mack would make a lunch for his younger siblings to take with them to school so they would have something to eat. Mack would put butter on fresh bread then sprinkle a little sugar on top to sweeten their day at school. I think that this is a sweet memory to remember of Mack. Family and friends were very important to him. Mack along with his sister Margaret also had great affection for their animal companions. "Everyone Loved Mack"
Nov 11, 2020 · Reply
Christine Blinn
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Hi Sharon
My name is Christine Blinn and I am Helen Blinn's (Unique) daughter in law! We had always heard that she was married once before she married Gerald Blinn. We never knew the name until recently when her son Dwayne lost his birth certificate. When he went to get it he was astonished to find the last name of Stawnychka as his mother's maiden name instead of Unique! I think she entered her former married name as maiden name instead of Unique. I would love to find out more information. Please contact me at [contact link] Regards CB
Dec 04, 2018 · Reply
Daniel Pinna
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What a precious memory! I know my gg grandfather had a similar diet of fresh bread with butter and a little sugar (when available). Sounds like Mack was a true man for others caring for his siblings.
Aug 16, 2018 · Reply
Christine Blinn
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Hi Sharon, I am Helen Unique’s daughter-in-law. She passed in 2004. Your uncle seemed to be a wonderful man. The story of why she broke his heart and left was told to me by her sister June (88) Helen was so angry that she could not join him in BC when he went for basic training, she put her wedding dress, ring, even her shoes in a suitcase and sent it to him! She had wanted away from her farm and a new life only for him to sign up for war. Helen remarried in 1950 and had 3 boys. Her second husband was killed in NWT in a landslide in 1963. She never married again. Rumour has it that she may have had another son sometime in the mid 1940s , however adopted him out to a local German family when she left for Alberta. When I met her in 1982 and through the years with her it was always like she had a secret. It has only been the last few years that the stories are surfacing from the very few remaining family member (I think there are 3 left of the 15 siblings). It’s not a very close family.
Dec 09, 2018 · Reply

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Mack Stawnychka passed away on December 20, 1944 at The Netherlands, Groesbeek, The Netherlands at 25 years old. He was buried in 'l/154496' Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery. Miroslaw was born in 1919. He had siblings Margaret, Ernie, Mary, Rose, Paul, and Annie. We know that Mack Stawnychka had been residing in Canora, Division No. 9 County, SK Canada S0A 0L0.

Refresh this page to see various historical events that occurred during Miroslaw's lifetime.

In 1919, in the year that Mack Stawnychka was born, on January 6th, President Theodore Roosevelt died. Having gone to bed the previous night after being treated for breathing problems, the ex-President died in his sleep from a clot that had traveled to his lungs. He was 60. After a simple service, Roosevelt was buried on a hillside overlooking Oyster Bay.

In 1922, at the age of just 3 years old, Miroslaw was alive when on June 22, coal miners in Herrin Illinois, were on strike (coal miners had been on strike nationally since April 1). The striking miners were outraged at the strikebreakers (scabs) that the company had brought in and laid siege to the mine. Three union workers were killed when gunfire was exchanged. The next day, union miners killed 23 strikebreakers and mine guards. No one, on either side, ever faced jail time.

In 1927, when he was merely 8 years old, in September, the Columbia Broadcasting System (later called CBS) became the second national radio network in the U.S. The first broadcast was a presentation by the Howard Barlow Orchestra from radio station WOR in Newark, New Jersey.

In 1933, Miroslaw was merely 14 years old when the day after being inaugurated, the new President, Franklin Roosevelt, declared a four-day bank holiday to stop people from withdrawing their money from shaky banks (the bank run). Within 5 days of his administration, the Emergency Banking Act was passed - reorganizing banks and closing insolvent ones. In his first 100 days, he asked Congress to repeal Prohibition (which they did), signed the Tennessee Valley Authority Act, signed legislation that paid commodity farmers to leave their fields fallow, thus ending surpluses and boosting prices, signed a bill that gave workers the right to unionize and bargain collectively for higher wages and better working conditions as well as suspending some antitrust laws and establishing a federally funded Public Works Administration, and won passage of 12 other major laws that helped the economy.

In 1944, in the year of Mack Stawnychka's passing, on June 22nd, the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, called the G.I. Bill, was signed into law, pushed through by the veteran's organizations. Benefits provided for veterans to return to school (high school, vocational school, or college), obtain low interest home mortgages and low interest business loans, and (if needed) one year of unemployment insurance. Since most returning vets immediately found work, less than 20% of the unemployment benefits were distributed.

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