We spoke to Willy Maley whose father James Maley fought in the Spanish Civil War. James (pictured) grew up in the Calton and in this interview we disucss what inspired him to travel to Spain. In this image we can see men of the British Battalion who were captured at Jarama, James is on the right looking directly into the camera.
From working in a train depot in the Gorbals to fighting on the front lines of Spain. Joseph John Lynch survived the Battle of Jarama where 139 of the British Battalion lost their lives. Pictured is an International Brigade funeral service for the British Battalion members who fell at Jarama, early in 1937.
Mark Gillespie tells us about his great uncle John Joseph Lynch. He moved from Derry to Glasgow, living at 15 Naburn Street in the Gorbals. He was wounded at Brunete and repriated for being underage on the 9th September 1937.
Garry McCartney was an apprentice Blacksmith and took part in the General Strike of 1926. He arrived in Spain after crossing the Pyrenees in July 1937. He was a POW at San Pedro de Cardena and was was repratriated on the 19th of February 1939. He is pictured here (far left) in the 1980’s with fellow surviving members of the International Brigade: Syd Quinn, Annie Murray, Donald Renton. This interview is an extract from ‘Voices from the Spanish Civil War’ a publication by Ian MacDougall, which tells the verbatim accounts of Scottish members of the International Brigades. These are the real words of Garry performed by an actor.
Phil Gillan was born in the Gorbals in 1912. He was a member of the National Unemployed Workers’ Movement and played a side drum in the Gorbals Unemployed Flute Band. Phil was the first of the 549 to venture to Spain. This interview is an extract from ‘Voices from the Spanish Civil War’ a publication by Ian MacDougall, which tells the verbatim accounts of Scottish members of the International Brigades. These are the real words of Phil performed by an actor. Image: Sean Hudson