PRIVATE 27th March, 1940.
37, Smith Square,
Sir Walter has been approached by an organisation 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, and 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 He left Spain at the end of 1938 when the International Brigades were withdrawn.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.
It is further stated that, on arrival in Finland, Ebb was immediately imprisoned and sentenced to ten years in gaol, and his crime was that he had fought for the Spanish Republican Government.
In view of the fact that Sir Walter is being pressed to help to secure this man's release from prison, he would be much obliged if you would enquire into the case and let him know what the actual facts are.
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