THE Mayor of Krakow paid a visit to Wrexham cemetery on Monday to honour a Polish hero.

Jacek Magchroski unveiled a memorial tombstone to former war hero and mayor of Krakow, Lt Col Mieczyslaw Kaplicki, who is buried at the cemetery.

Lt Col Kaplicki was laid to rest in Wrexham in 1959 after settling in Penrhos in 1948.

He was mayor of Krakow between 1933-39. During the First World War he served as chief medical officer of an infantry regiment posted to Russia. Later he was appointed chief medical officer at the Polish Refugee Health Centre in Tel Aviv, Israel, where he remained until 1947.

His gallantry earned him the Cross of Independence, Cross of Valour, Order of the Rebirth of Poland and Poland's highest military decoration, the Order of Virtuti Militari.

Wrexham mayor David Rogers said: 'I was delighted to meet the mayor of Krakow and the delegation from the local Polish community in Wrexham.

'The new tombstone for the past mayor is very impressive, as was the ceremony conducted by the Polish priest.'

Since the end of the Second World War, more than 1,200 Poles have been laid to rest in Wrexham Cemetery.

In 1989 Wrexham's Polish community erected a monument at the entrance to the cemetery to commemorate their compatriots' struggle for freedom and their gratitude to the hospitality of the Welsh people. The Polish delegation visited the monument and placed a wreath during their tour of Wales.