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The records include assessments of the volunteers made by their political superiors in the latter part of the war in Spain. Many are highly derogatory, referring to desertion, drunkenness and indiscipline, but should be taken with a pinch of salt, sometimes a very large amount. They were written for internal use, primarily as an assessment of suitability for future membership of the Communist Party at home and were often made by a party representative who may have had a grudge against certain individuals or may simply have been wrong. Many volunteers with outstanding military records in Spain – including senior ranking officers – received extremely critical assessments.
Kenneth Sinclair-Loutit
Other name:  William Cripps
Place of birth: Chepstow, Monmouthshire, Wales
Year of birth: 10 or 12th March 1913
Political organisation: CP
Occupation: Doctor
Date of arrival: 23rd August 1936
Brigade ID: 953
Date of departure: 31st December 1936
Date of death: 31st October 2004 - Rabat, Morocco
Where killed:
Comments: Address given as; Newton, Lychett Minster, Dorset. In charge of British Medical Unit September 1936 at Grañén in Aragon. Political Commissar of Medical Unit of No.1 Company, 14th IB. Returned to UK to continue medical studies. 1939 living in Great Ormond Street, London with his then wife, nurse Thora Silverthorne.
Source: RGASPI 545/6/40/116 & 545/6/88/26-47 & 545/6/91/104.

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