Last Scottish veteran of Spanish Civil War dies

The funeral of Stevie Fullarton, the last Scottish veteran of the Spanish Civil War, is taking place today. Read more from BBC News

Between 1936 and 1939, many volunteers from around the world travelled to Spain to join the Loyalists fighting against the right-wing forces of General Franco.  These volunteers were known as the International Brigade.  However, Franco –  supported by troops from Germany and Italy – was eventually successful and Spain became a Fascist country. 

A memorial from Stevie Fullarton’s home town of Glasgow records the following.

BETTER TO DIE ON YOUR FEET THAN TO LIVE FOREVER ON YOUR KNEES/ THE/ CITY OF GLASGOW/ AND THE BRITISH/ LABOUR MOVEMENT/ PAY TRIBUTE TO THE/ COURAGE OF THOSE/ MEN AND WOMEN/ WHO WENT TO SPAIN/ TO FIGHT FASCISM/ 1936 – 1939/ 2,100 VOLUNTEERS WENT FROM BRITAIN/ 534 WERE KILLED/ 53 OF WHOM WERE FROM GLASGOW

There are at least 44 memorials to the Spanish Civil War in the UK.  Click here to see the full list

THE BASQUE CHILDREN'S REFUGEE CAMPS AT STONEHAM AND DYMCHURCH, ENGLAND DURING THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR

Over 700,000 people were killed during the Spanish Civil War, mostly Spanish civilians. 

This photo shows a refugee camp at Stoneham, Hampshire, for Basque children.  It is estimated that around 4,000 Basque children were evacuated to Britain during the civil war.

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