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Introduction

In July 1936 a military rising was launched in Spain by a group of military generals aiming to overthrow the Republican government, elected only five months previously. Though initially successful in many parts of Spain, opponents of the rising- working people, trade-unionists, members of political organisations from the centre to the left and, in some cases, members of the Civil Guard and the new Republican police force, the Assault Guard- took to the streets, erected barricades, and confronted the insurgents.

Between 1936 and 1939 over 35,000 men and women, from over 50 countries, left their homes to volunteer for the Republican forces. More than 2,300 of these came from Britain, Ireland and the commonwealth, of whom over 500 were killed

This list of those who died in Spain – or shortly afterwards as a result of their time in Spain – comprises details of volunteers from Britain and Ireland, together with those from other nationalities who fought in the British Battalion and Anti-Tank Battery. The “Where from” column gives the last residence before departure to Spain, though this might have been a “care of” or relative’s address or a place of work. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the list is as accurate as possible, it is constantly being revised as new information becomes available and will inevitably contain some errors, oversights and omissions.

The list is compiled from documents held in the International Brigade Archive in the Marx Memorial Library, London and the International Brigade Archive in the Russian Centre for the Preservation and Study of Recent Historical Documents, Moscow. It also includes details gleaned from the mass of memoir material, both published and unpublished.

The list was compiled by Jim Carmody and Richard Baxell.

For the supporters of the Spanish Republic the war was seen within the wider context of the struggle of democracy against international fascism, which had been taking place across Europe from Germany to London’s east end.