Donald Renton

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

Donald Renton was a well known Labour leader in Edinburgh throughout his life and town councillor  from 1962 until his death in 1977. In World War II, he served in the Royal Artillery, taking part in the anti-aircraft defence of London and other cities during the Blitz. In Spain he was Political Commissar of Harold Fry’s machine-gun company before being taken prisoner at Jarama in February 1937. He was repatriated three months later. 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 Donald performed by an actor.