Subject: Conflict in Spain.
Reference: "Man. Gdn" [ Manchester Guardian ] 18.8.36.
AN AMBULANCE UNIT FOR SPAIN
Medical Aid for Loyalists
To the Editor of the Manchester Guardian.
Sir, —Will you allow me, as one of those who saw Senor del los Rios, a Vice-president of the Cortes and ex-Minister for Education, at the Spanish Embassy in Paris last Friday morning, to make one or two observations suggested by your friendly report of the meeting on behalf of the Spanish Medical Aid Committee held that evening at the Friends' House in London?
The problem for all those who, unlike the British Conservative press, regard the military rebels neither as "anti-Government" or "anti-Red" forces, nor as "patriots" representing "the forces of law and order," but as double-dyed traitors who are violating their solemn oath of loyalty to the Republic as well as attempting to overthrow by violence a perfectly legal Government, and who realise that their victory would mean the restoration of a clerico-military-landowning despotism in Spain and a powerful reinforcement for the Fascist Front in Continental Europe, is this: How to translate words into deeds, how to transform moral support for the Spanish Republican Government into active and material assistance. That was why we asked Senor del los Rios point blank whether his Government would welcome medical aid, and, if so, how soon a British medical unit would find work to do in the hottest centres of fighting. His answer, with the authority of the Republican Cabinet behind it, came immediately: the presence of British doctors, nurses, and orderlies would be a powerful encouragement to the loyalist forces, and the sick and wounded were already crying out for such messengers of mercy. The sooner they could start their labours the better.
On Friday evening, after the meeting at the Friends' House, we had already raised £500, a sufficient sum to equip completely a field ambulance unit; but a further £500 is required to finance its dispatch to Spain and its maintenance there during the struggle. Contributions will be welcomed by the Spanish Medical Aid Committee, Kern House, 36, Kingsway, London, W.C.2.
— Yours, &c, Listowel.
Mamhead Park, Exeter,
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