Canadian rifleman served with Mackenzie-Papineau Bn, 15th International Bde in Spain, 1937-1938
REEL 1 Aspects of background to volunteering for International Bdes and journey to Spain, 1937: influence of his shipmates to go to Spain from New York; strike actions with Seaman's Union during 1936; journey to Spain, 3/1937. Recollections of period as rifleman with Mackenzie-Papineau Bn, 15th International Bde in Spain, 1937-1938: opinion of Madrigueras; international volunteers at Tarazona de la Mancha; formation of Mackenzie-Papineau Bn; sight of UGT slogan in Valencia; opinion of Workers' Party of Marxist Unification (POUM); behaviour of International Brigades personnel; attitude of Spanish civilians arrangements for journey to Spain; motivations of volunteers; political attitudes.
REEL 2 Continues: father's origins in Lancashire, GB, service in Royal Navy and emigration to Canada; question of training and use of traditions of Spanish Army; command in International Bdes; contact with Spanish civilians; language; political discussion; return to Canada due to illness, 4/1938; organisation of unions in Canada on return; attitude towards experiences in Spain; attitude towards prospect of Republican victory; question of medical facilities in Spain.
REEL 3 Continues: weapons issued; question of degree of interest in Spanish Civil War, 1976; political attitudes, 1976.