Henry Strzelecki MBE (04 October 1925—26 December 2012)
Pioneer in the outdoor clothing business whose Henri-Lloyd label developed the first truly waterproof and durable apparel for sailors
Henry Strzelecki was the co-founder of the Henri-Lloyd outdoor clothing manufacturer and the “father” of ther modern waterproofs worn by sailors and extreme outdoor sports enthusiasts and explorers.
Born in Brodnica, midway between Warsaw and Gdansk, he fled occupied Poland, the scene of much human suffering, after making himself a nuisance to the Nazis, to join the Polish 2nd Corps in Italy; it became part of the British Eighth Army. He fought with Corps in many campaigns, notably in the liberation of Bologna, earning recognition in the form of medals from both the Polish and the British authorities. He was demobilised in Britain and opted to stay here as, by then, his native Poland was in the hands of the Communists.