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Margaret Powell

Margaret Powell (1913-1990) served as a front-line nurse in Aragón in the winter of 1937-1938 and was later transferred to Barcelona where she worked in several hospitals. She was the last British International Brigade nurse to leave Spain. This is an extract from an article that she wrote in Spain for the April 1938 issue of British Nursing Journal, which was reprinted in the IBMT Newsletter Issue 27/Autumn 2010.

A previously unknown memorial to International Brigader Herbert Fisher, who was killed in the Aragón retreats in 1938, has been 'discovered' in Hampshire thanks to diligent investigative work by IBMT Trustee Alan Lloyd.

Update and appeal for photos of International Brigaders

The IBMT has added new photos to our online database of volunteers, which contains entries for nearly 2,400 International Brigaders from Britain and Ireland.

The IBMT would like to make another call to family members and friends to submit any photos they may have of International Brigaders so that they can be added to our database.

Sam Lesser at Jubilee Gardens

A tribute to Sam Lesser (1915-2010), British Battalion volunteer and former IBMT Chair, provided by IBMT member Chris Birch and published in the letters page of the Morning Star

Giles Tremlett and Richard Baxell

IBMT Historical Consultant Richard Baxell interviews best-selling author Giles Tremlett about his new book, which offers a rare and comprehensive account of the International Brigades from a global perspective.

Teesside Memorial Plaque

Middlesbrough IBMT activist Tony Fox provides a history of the Teesside International Brigade memorial, including an account of a local volunteer bringing home a dead comrades final letter to his partner.

Poet and playwright Bob Beagrie introduces his poem about the death of Walter Tapsell on 1 April 1938.


Message from Communist Party of Britain General Secretary Rob Griffiths, which was read out at the events held around the country on 17 October to remember the role of communists in the International Brigades.

The International Brigades, a Red Army Colonel and ‘The Mason’s Apron’ 


IBMT Ireland Secretary Manus O’Riordan  writes…

The draw for the IBMT’s 2020 raffle took place today (Saturday 10 October 2020) at the IBMT office in London, with the winning tickets drawn by IBMT Executive Officer Ajmal Waqif in the presence of IBMT Trustees.



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