July 1936: plane flew from Croydon to pick up General Franco on the Canaries and fly him to Morocco from where he launched his revolt against the elected Spanish Republican Government.
Croydon International Brigade Volunteers: John Peet and Cyril Alfred Sexton (of Selsdon).
Basque Refugee Children: housed in children’s home in Croydon.
Croydon Basque Children’s Committee: supported the children and fundraised.
January 1938. Basque children shown aeroplane at Croydon Airport as they prepare to fly for a sports visit to Zurich.
1942-45. Basque refugees ‘Koke’ Jose María and Careles Martinez studied at the Croydon School of Art.
- The Martinez’s exhibit paintings and sculpture in London’s Archer Gallery.
1958-2003. Koke lives with and cares for with Frederick Hinchliffe, the School’s former Principal (d. 1960), and then Frederick’s wife (d. 2003).
- Battersea’s Brigade volunteer George Wheeler dies in Croydon.