Photographs From The Re-Dedication of the ILP Plaque

80th Anniversary of the Spanish Civil War Commemoration
‘Remembering Orwell and his fellow British and Irish Volunteers who fought Fascism in Spain’

Held Saturday September 24th September at the Working Class Movement Library, Salford.

On september 24th at the Working Class Movement Library, in Salford near manchester England and ceremony was held to rededicate a plaque to the volunteers who formed the Independent Labour Party group who fought Fascism as part of the POUM militia in Spain in 1936/37. Songs by the Clarion Choir and speeches about the ILP and the Aragon Front. Also unveiled were relief sculptures by Frank Casey to John Cornford and Bob Smillie - both of whom died in Spain. Amongst those present Richard Blair (George Orwell's son), Quentin Kopp (son of POUM commander Georges Kopp), Dolores Long (daughter of Sam Wild Commander of the British Battalion), Barry Winter of the ILP and Chris Hall (author of the 'In Spain with Orwell). Also rpesnt were relatives of ILP volunteers including three generations of ILP volunteer Bob Edwrads family.

On September 24th at the Working Class Movement Library, in Salford, Manchester, England a ceremony was held to re-dedicate a plaque to the volunteers who formed the Independent Labour Party group who fought Fascism as part of the POUM militia in Spain in 1936/37. Songs by the Clarion Choir and speeches about the ILP and the Aragon Front were heard. Also unveiled were relief sculptures by Frank Casey to John Cornford and Bob Smillie – both of whom died in Spain. Amongst those present: Richard Blair (George Orwell’s son: 3rd Left), Quentin Kopp (son of POUM commander Georges Kopp: Left), Dolores Long (daughter of Sam Wild Commander of the British Battalion), Barry Winter of the ILP and Chris Hall (author of the ‘In Spain with Orwell). Also present were relatives of ILP volunteers including three generations of ILP volunteer Bob Edwards’ family.

 

On september 24th at the Working Class Movement Library, in Salford near manchester England and ceremony was held to rededicate a plaque to the volunteers who formed the Independent Labour Party group who fought Fascism as part of the POUM militia in Spain in 1936/37. Songs by the Clarion Choir and speeches about the ILP and the Aragon Front. Also unveiled were relief sculptures by Frank Casey to John Cornford and Bob Smillie - both of whom died in Spain. Amongst those present Richard Blair (George Orwell's son), Quentin Kopp (son of POUM commander Georges Kopp), Dolores Long (daughter of Sam Wild Commander of the British Battalion), Barry Winter of the ILP and Chris Hall (author of the 'In Spain with Orwell). Also rpesnt were relatives of ILP volunteers including three generations of ILP volunteer Bob Edwrads family.

Also unveiled were relief sculptures by Frank Casey to John Cornford and Bob Smillie – both of whom died in Spain.

Bottom photograph: Dolores Long nee Wilde and Quentin Kopp

Thanks to Marshall Mateer for the photographs

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3 thoughts on “Photographs From The Re-Dedication of the ILP Plaque

  1. Has any effort been made to track down the stories of the men who served with Orwell in the POUM militia? I know that the names of maybe twenty veterans were with Orwell in a response to Frank Frankford’s allegations.

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    • Thanks for your question Michael,
      The book you need to find for the ILP volunteers is “In Spain with Orwell” by Christopher Hall. Chris is a leading figure in the International Brigades Memorial Trust and the guy who organised the event in Salford. The ISBN for the book is 978-0-956-33745-0

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