Oxford: Spanish Civil War Memorial

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In the angle formed by St Clement's Street and Morrell Avenue

Oxford

OX4

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Other monolith
Materials:
  • Stone Granite
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)
About the memorial: This memorial remembers the 31 volunteers from the County of Oxfordshire who fought in the Spanish Civil War, and names the six who were killed. It was designed by Charlie Carter Artworks Ltd and stands 1.8m high and 1m wide. It depicts in relief at the top a three-pointed red star (the symbol of the International Brigades). The names of the six men who died are incised on separate lines down the left-hand side and painted black, and in the middle of the list in relief is a black clenched fist crushing a scorpion. A metal plaque on the back (black with gold lettering) gives more details. A fundraising appeal supported by Oxford City Council and the Oxford & District Trades Union Council was launched in 2014 to raise funds for the memorial, which cost £30,000. It was unveiled on 10 June 2017 by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Oxford Christine Simm in the presence of Carmen Negrin (granddaughter of Juan Negrin, the last Prime Minister of the Spanish Republic), Colin Carritt (nephew of the first man named on the memorial), Richard Baxell (Chair of the International Brigade Memorial Trust National Executive Committee), and Neil Gore, who read “The Volunteer” poem by C. Day Lewis.
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[There is no inscription apart from six names listed on the memorial itself. The following is on a plaque attached to the back] INTERNATIONAL / BRIGADES / In memory of the 31 men / and women of Oxfordshire / who defended democracy / and fought fascism in the / Spanish Civil War of 1936 to 1939 / and the people of the County / who gave them support. / Six were killed in action. / ‘We came because our open / eyes could see no other way.’ / C Day Lewis.

Anthony Carritt / Edward Cooper / Lewis Clive / Herbert Fisher / Ralph Fox / John Rickman

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