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    Default Last Spanish Civil War Scot Thomas Watters dies

    [FONT=verdana][*******#333333]The last surviving Scot who volunteered to fight in the Spanish Civil War has died at the age of 99.
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    Thomas Watters, originally from Glasgow, had been a corporation bus driver in the city before he went to Spain in 1936 as part of the Scottish ambulance unit.
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    [*******#333333]Some 500 Scots joined the International Brigade to fight against Franco's army.
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    [*******#333333]Mr Watters had been living in Hertfordshire for many years.
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    [*******#333333]He received honorary Spanish citizenship in June 2009 at a ceremony in the Spanish Embassy in London.
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    [*******#333333]The award was presented at that time to all survivors who had gone out to Spain between 1936 and 1939.
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    [*******#333333]He subsequently returned to Glasgow in 2010 to speak at the ceremony rededicating the Pasionaria statue on the Clyde following its restoration.
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    [*******#333333]Mike Arnott, who represents Scotland on the Committee of the International Brigade Memorial Trust, said: "I met Thomas on a number of occasions over the last two years.
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    [*******#333333]"He was a truly inspirational and a lovely man, who will be greatly missed by his many friends and by all who knew him."[/COLOR][/FONT]
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    [FONT=verdana]Rest In Peace[/FONT][/FONT][/COLOR]

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    RIP Mr. Watters. I've been doing a bit of research on the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War and found it interesting to note that Ireland raised two contingents, one pro-republican and another pro-fascist:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_B...nish_Civil_War) - Irish Brigade 700+

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connolly_Column - Irish Republicans 200+

    It seems they continued their sectarian conflict from the 1920s further afield in Spain. Not sure if they ever faced each other in combat in Spain though.

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    May he + Rest In Peace +



    The Irish with Eoin O'Duffy's "Blue Shirts," complete swastika flag sailed from Ireland after getting a blessing from the Arch-Bishop of Dublin.



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    Rest in Peace.

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    [QUOTE=Connaught Ranger;6055000]May he + Rest In Peace +



    The Irish with Eoin O'Duffy's "Blue Shirts," complete swastika flag sailed from Ireland after getting a blessing from the Arch-Bishop of Dublin.

    I've heard O'Duffy's Irish Blueshirts didn't exactly distinguish themselves on the field, but I guess they deserve some credit for showing up. I get the impression that they were motivated to go to Spain to resist the Republic because of its anti-clerical excesses, rather than out of support for fascism. O'Duffy opposed the anti-Semitism of the European far right, although his Blueshirts were obviously influenced by some of these groups; for example, they adopted the fascist stiff-arm salute. De Valera, fearing a putsch, later had them suppressed.
    In any case, may Mr. Watters rest in peace.
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    Rest in Peace !

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