Greater Manchester Spanish Civil War

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Reference WMO/259723

Address:

Manchester Central Library

St Peters Square

Manchester

M2 5PD

England

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Status: On subsequent site(s)
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)
About the memorial: A relief carved pair of hands on a backboard. The hands hold an emblem of the War. Dove of Peace carved at top centre. An inscription plaque in the centre. A dedicatory plaque below. The IWM Register entry specifies Bolton, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale and Sale.
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MOTHERS! WOMEN! WHEN THE/ YEARS PASS BY AND THE WOUNDS/ OF WAR ARE STAUNCHED. WHEN THE/ CLOUDY MEMORY OF THE SORROWFUL/ BLOODY DAYS RETURNS IN A PRESENT/ OF FREEDOM. LOVE AND WELL-BEING/ WHEN THE FEELINGS OF RANCOUR/ ARE DYING AWAY AND WHEN PRIDE/ IN A FREE COUNTRY IS FELT EQUALLY/ BY ALL SPANIARDS THEN SPEAK TO/ YOUR CH1LDREN.TELL THEM OF THE/ INTERNATIONAL BRIGADES. TELL THEM/ HOW COMING OVER SEAS AND MOUNTAINS./ CROSSING FRONTIERS BRISTLING WITH/ BAYONETS. AND WATCHED FOR BY/ RAVENING DOGS THIRSTY TO TEAR/ AT THEIR FLESH. THESE MEN REACHED/ OUR COUNTRY AS CRUSADERS FOR/ FREEDOM. THEY GAVE UP EVERYTHING/ THEIR HOMES. THEIR COUNTRY. HOME/ AND FORTUNE FATHERS AND MOTHERS/ WIVES. BROTHERS. SISTERS AND CHILDREN AND/ THEY CAME AND TOLD/ US WE ARE HERE. YOUR CAUSE.SPAIN'S/ CAUSE IS OURS. IT IS THE CAUSE OF ALL/ ADVANCED AND PROGRESSIVE MANKIND/ TODAY THEY ARE GOING AWAY. MANY OF/ THEM. THOUSANDS OF THEM. ARE STAYING/ HERE WITH THE SPANISH EARTH FOR THEIR/ SHROUD .AND ALL SPANIARDS REMEMBER/ THEM WITH THE DEEPEST FEELING WE/ SHALL NOT FORGET YOU AND WHEN THE/ OLIVE TREE OF PEACE PUTS FORTH ITS/ LEAVES AGAIN. MINGLED WITH THE LAURELS/ OF THE SPANISH REPUBLIC'S VICTORY/ -COME BACK!/ LA PASIONARIA/ BARCELONA/ NOVEMBER 15th 1938 Dedicatory Plaque: DEDICATED TO/ THE MEN & WOMEN FROM/ THE GREATER MANCHESTER AREA/ WHO FOUGHT AGAINST FASCISM IN SPAIN Lower Plaque: COMMISSIONED BY THE GREATER MANCHESTER/ INTERNETIONAL BRIDAGE MEMORIAL COMMITTEE/ MADE BY SOL GARSON/ UNVEILED BY COUNCILLOR HT LEE/ 12TH FEBRUARY 1983

ALWYN James, ARMSTONG Alexander, BECKETT Clement, FOXALL Charles Leslie, KENNY W R, MANDELL Montague, MASKEY Bert, NEWBURY Fred, PORTER Arthur, STOTT Maurice, SWINDELLS Edward, WARD Robert, WHITEHEAD Frank, WILKINSON Norman,

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