27th March, 1940.
Mr. A. Vuori,
National Trade Union Centre of Finland,
Dear Mr. Vuori,
I have been approached by the International Brigade Association here with regard to a man named Gunnar Ebb. It is stated that in the XVth Brigade of the Spanish Republican Army, of which the British Battalion was a part, there was a section originally composed of Finns. Gunnar Ebb was in command of this section. He left Spain at the end of 1938 when the International Brigades were withdrawn.
He attempted to go back to Canada in which country he had been residing for some years before joining the International Brigade. After a period he was deported from France to Finland, from which country he had been a refugee owing to his family's action in the Civil War in 1918.
On arrival in Finland, I was informed, Ebb was immediately imprisoned and sentenced to 10 years in gaol. My correspondents state that his crime was having fought for the Spanish Republican Government.
In view of the fact that I am being pressed to help to secure this man's release from prison,