The politics of the Spanish Civil War 1936-39 are both simple from the Spanish angle and complex as far as the rest of Europe is concerned. The story of how a group of 226 refugees from the Republican side of the Civil War came to be in England in 1945 is told by Dr Richard Cleminson of the University of Leeds in the International Journal of Iberian Studies in 2009 (possibly published earlier elsewhere and available on the internet).They didn’t all arrive at the same time but groups were scattered in various locations one of which was Heysham, before finally all being brought together in a camp in Chorley. The picture is of a small group at Chorley.
A correspondent from Adlington, near Chorley, who has an interest in this story, has given us a list of 30 names of those who were in Heysham; we assume this would have been at Heysham Tower, used on as an OCTU during WW2. Richard Cleminson cites as one of his references a short article by Eduardo Castro entitled
We Also Stood Alone (A Short History of a group of Spanish Republicans interned at Heysham, Lancashire) Castro, E.J. (1945), Morecambe and District Spanish Aid Committee. Richard tells us that the copy he consulted is a hand written one in the Marx Memorial Library, London
The Morecambe Group mentioned issued this as an 11 page English translation from the original Spanish.
Can anyone locally supply a copy and/or supply any further information about the Heysham Spanish Group?