INTERNATIONAL BRIGADE BRITISH BATTALION
NATIONAL MEMORIAL FUND
(Inaugurated by the Wounded and Dependants Aid Committee)
1, Litchfield Street, Charing Cross, W.C.2 Telephone. Temple Bar 0178
When the British Battalion of the International Brigade dismissed at the Empress Stadium a few weeks ago, perhaps some tended to think that the greatest episode in the fight of Britons for freedom was brought to a close.
It was not. It will continue as a lifetime's physical suffering for some of the 1,400 wounded men. For hundreds of proud, sad women it goes on as an aching heart and a bitter struggle to care for children who will never see their father again.
And for you it surely lives on as a fierce determination to ease the blow to those men, women and children who have suffered personal loss. They must not want nor the wounded lack medical attention.
In June, 1937, the Wounded and Dependants' Aid Committee - formed by Charlotte Haldane and such other public figures as the Duchess of Atholl; Eleanor Rathbone, M.P.; and Ellen Wilkinson, M.P. - voluntarily undertook to help the wives and children of the men who had volunteered to fight in Spain.
So far, this Committee has raised £44,000 and we again thank everybody who has helped to make this fine response.
In August, 1938, a £50,000 National Memorial Fund was launched, with the support of wide circles of prominent people like C. R. Attlee. MP.; the Canon of Westminster; Sidney R. Elliot; Lord Parmoor; Paul Robeson.
The purpose of this Fund is to meet the future needs of the dependants of those who died, and of the disabled men.
That £50,000 is being built up - but not fast enough ! We know you will do all you can to help it mount faster, for we are confident that, in the future as in the past, the freedom-loving people of Britain will rally to the ones who have suffered most in freedom's defence. Of the 2,400 Britons who fought in Spain: 543 will never return; 1,400 were wounded; 86 still lie in rebel prisons.
They have made this sacrifice that we might live in freedom. We all are proud that Britons of to-day have so gallantly carried on our tradition of fighting for freedom. Their glory is our obligation. We ask you to meet this by sending a donation to the National Memorial Fund.
1, Litchfield Street,
Pages two and three contain the Receipts and Payments Accounts of the Dependants' Aid and Memorial Funds.