Ceremony for English speakers who fought fascism

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In a small cemetery on the outskirts of Madrid, the 2,300 British volunteers who risked their lives to fight fascism in the Spanish Civil War will finally be remembered in a brief ceremony.

But for almost all those who served with the International Brigades, the granite plaque unveiled in their honour has come too late.

Most of those who travelled to Spain to fight General Franco’s Nationalist uprising are dead. None of the seven frail survivors, now in their 90s, is well enough to travel to the ceremony on Thursday.

The plaque, at Fuencarral Cemetery, north of Madrid, is dedicated to all the English speaking members of the International Brigades who served on the side of the Republican Government between 1936 and 1939.

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