Members of the San Luigi Orders: Count Stanislaw Skarbek

Count Stanislaw Skarbek (1894-1982) was a member of the Order of the Crown of Thorns, as was his son Count Andrew (see separate article).

The Daily Telegraph of 18 August 1982 published the following obituary:

“Count Stanislav Skarbek, who has died aged 88, was military secretary to successive Polish presidents in exile after Poland was invaded in the 1939-45 war.

A colonel of the 14th Lancers, which was stationed in Scotland and fought with the British 5th Army at Monte Casino, Count Skarbek was a member of one of the wealthiest families of landowners in Poland in the 19th century, with estates covering 450,000 acres in the south-eastern part of the country.

Before transferring to the reborn Polish Army in 1920 and serving with the 2nd Light Horse, Count Skarbek fought with the Austrian Army in the 1914-18 War.

He was awarded the Virtuti Militari, the equivalent of the Victoria Cross, and the Military Cross and bar. He was a Knight of Malta and held the Order of Polonia Restituta.”