British Volunteers and the Spanish Civil War

Wednesday 25th March 2020 [POSTPONED]

St John’s Place, Lower Road, Bemerton, SP2 9NP


During the Spanish Civil War 1936-1939, despite massive establishment resistance to them going, nearly 2,500 men and women left Britain to fight for the Spanish Republic. Most were ordinary working class people, many were deeply socialist, some were even staunch Communists, but all were vehemently anti-fascist.

Ray Wilkinson, Chief Executive of East Anglia Reserve Forces & Cadets Association and an Accredited Member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides, has been fascinated for many years by the activities of the British Volunteers who fought in the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War. He will talk about those volunteers, why they went to fight in someone else’s war, and their actions in February exactly 80 years ago.

In the context of what’s happening now in the Middle East this talk about a war that involved a clash of ideologies, drawing volunteers, contributors, and journalists to it from all over the world, is highly topical.