Spanish Civil War commemoration 7 July

SpanishCivilWar A3 Colour

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.

  1. 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).

  1. Battersea’s Brigade volunteer George Wheeler dies in Croydon.

About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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