Catalan Town to Honor British Battalion

September 18, 2013

British_Brigades.JPG-for-web-LARGECorbera d’Ebre, a village in north-eastern Spain, will be honoring members of the British Battalion of the International Brigade. A plaque will be unveiled on September 24th with the names of 23 soldiers who died on the last day of the Battle of Ebro.

The 16th Battalion of the International Brigade was formally named for Shapurji Saklatvala, the former Communist Member of Parliament. However, the name did not catch on and it was referred to as the British Battalion. The battalion was comprised of over 2,300 soldiers throughout the war. Five hundred of those men perished on the battlefields of Spain including over 90 at the Battle of Ebro.

Lynda Walker, 68, knew many of the brave British men that went to fight in Spain and will be traveling to Catalonia for the ceremony on Tuesday. She said of the men, “you want to see a better world for your children and grandchildren, and they were the kind of principles these people [members of the International Brigade] fought for.”

The full article can be read here.


2 Responses to “ Catalan Town to Honor British Battalion ”

  1. Alan Warren on September 19, 2013 at 2:37 am

    The British battalion plaque on Hill 705 has 90 names of Britons killed on the Ebro. I am not sure where the figure of 200 comes from? Andrew Plotch also cites 23 names of British dead of 23, when this was from just the fightning on the last day. Well, any publicity is good publicity, I suppose, and it is not easy to correct things before they go to print. I hope it raises interest amongst its readers.

  2. ruth gottstein on September 26, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    How can I order the re-release of the 1940 album?