BUF in Perthshire

Interview with Paul Philipou and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Dundee and writer of ‘Spanish Thermoplæ: Cypriot Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War’

Paul Philipou an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Dundee and writer of ‘Spanish Thermoplæ: Cypriot Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War’ tells us about a confrontation between the people of Perth and the British Union of Fascists. Pictured is the BUF and their leader Sir Oswald Mosely receiving the Nazi salute from his supporters in London.

Jim Jump and the International Brigade Memorial Trust

An interview with Jim Jump, Chair of the International Brigade Memorial Trust

We met up with Jim Jump at the Marx Memorial Library in London. A wealth of knowledge, Jim is the chair of the International Brigade Memorial Trust and his father, a proud Merseysider, fought in the Spanish Civil War.

Sam Lesser

Extract of Sam Lesser’s account in Real Band of Brothers by Max Arthur

Sam Lesser, formerly Russell, was born in 1918 in the East End of London. He was a legendary foreign editor of the Daily Worker and Morning Star, reporting for the latter from Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War. He would go on to chair the International Brigade Memorial Trust. 

Lou Kenton

Extract of Lou Kenton’s account in Real Band of Brothers by Max Arthur

Lou Kenton (1908-2012) was from Stepney, East London. He had eight brothers and was the first of his family to be born in the UK, after moving from Ukraine.  He was the oldest surviving member of the International Brigades until his death. This interview is an extract from  ‘The Real Band of Brothers’ a publication by Max Arthur, which tells the vebatim accounts of British members of the International Brigades. These are the real words of Lou performed by an actor.

Ada Louise (Penny) Feiwel

Extract of Penny Feiwel’s account in Real Band of Brothers by Max Arthur

Ada Louise (Penny) Feiwel Born in Tottenham, London. Penny was stationed as a nurse in Albacete, and then Tarancon, east of Madrid, where she helped set up an improvised operating theatre. She was badly injured in 1938 when her biomedical station was bombed. She died in Bournemouth in 2011, aged 102. This interview is an extract from  ‘The Real Band of Brothers’ a publication by Max Arthur, which tells the vebatim accounts of British members of the International Brigades. These are the real words of Penny performed by an actor.

Penny Feiwel, spoken about by Marlene Sidaway

An interview with Marlene Sidaway, the President of the International Brigade Memorial Trust

Marlene Sidaway, speaking, is the President of the International Brigade Memorial Trust, and her husband David Marshall fought in the Spanish Civil War. We spoke to Marlene at the Marx Memorial Library in London where she told us about Penny Feiwel, born in Tottenham in 1909. 

George Gowans

Extract of George Gowan’s  account in Voices from the Spanish Civil War (Living Memory) by Ian MacDougall

This is George Gowans of Old Cumnock, Ayrshire.

Canadians from Ayrshire

An interview with Mike Arnott, Scottish Secretary of the International Brigade Memorial Trust

There were over 50 people who emigrated to Canada from Scotland who ended up in Spain fighting with the MacKenzie Papineau Battalion, a number of which were from Ayrshire. 

Ayrshire and the Spanish Civil War

An interview with historian Daniel Gray, author of Homage to Caledonia

Miners at the Beoch Colliery in Dalmellington, Ayrshire in the 1930’s.