Patrick O’Mahony was a volunteer from Calgary, Alberta. He was educated at a Jesuit College. He served with the Canadian Army during the First World War, and spent several years in hospital after being gassed in France. In Spain, he served with the British Battalion. He was possibly wounded in action, but his fate is unclear.
David Harvey was a Scottish Canadian volunteer from Vancouver, British Columbia. Before traveling to Spain, he served with in the British Army as an acting Corporal with the Royal Scots. In Spain, his ear drums were damaged during an aerial bomb attack. He survived and returned to Canada, and likely went on to serve with the Navy during the Second World War. A David Harvey was listed as "lost" when his ship was sunk by a U-boat in the Atlantic.
Reid McIvar was a Canadian volunteer from Manitoba. He was a student at the University of Manitoba and also attended business college. He received Officer Training through the Canadian millitary, and was Corporal in Spain. In Spain, he was wounded in action once. He was also jailed by the International Brigades, reportedly for refusing to send men without shoes on sentry duty. He survived the war and returned to Canada in 1939.
Ferrer and Zola Mercelin were twin brothers from Montreal, Québec. They were both labourers and students and members of the Young Communist League and the Communist Party of Canada, as well as various organizations in Montreal. They arrived in Spain in the winter or spring of 1937. Zola served with the Rosa Luxemburg artillery group, then was assigned to the SIM to do work behind the lines. Ferrer served with the John Brown artillery and as a base clerk, and served time in an International Brigades disciplinary prison. Both brothers survived and returned to Canada.
Eduard Jardas was a Croatian-Canadian volunteer. He immigrated to Canada in 1926, and worked as a journalist for the Croatian-language Communist Party of Canada newspapers, Borba. In Spain, he was a commander of a Machine Gun Company within the Dimitrov Battalion, and was promoted to Lieutenant in July 1937. He was wounded in action twice, a lost a leg, but he survived the war. He served on the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Canada from 1942-43, and returned to Yugoslavia in 1948, where he lived for the remainder of his life.
Oskaria Huosianmaa was a Finnish-Canadian volunteer. He immigrated to Canada in 1927, and lived in northern Ontario where he worked as a lumber and railway worker. He had previously fought with the Finnish Army. In Spain, he fought with the Bittish Battalion, the Lincoln-Washington Battalion and the Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion.
Harold Gislason was a doctor from Elfrost, Saskatchewan. He survived the Spanish Civil War, and went on to serve as a medical officer for the Westminster Regiment in the Canadian Army. He died very young, in 1950.
Emeric Jack Brunner was a Hungarian who immigrated to Canada in 1926. He returned to Europe in 1930, and played football in France for six years with the Marin Athlete Club. He spoke Hungarian, French and Spanish but not English, and he did not have a strong knowledge of Canada. Colonel Kelly refused readmission to Brunner, and he was unable to return to Canada after the war.
A Finnish-Canadian volunteer who was active in the Relief Camp Workers Union, the Canadian Labour Defence League, and the Communist Party of Canada. He also participated in the On-to-Ottawa Trek. He had previously served with the Finnish Army. He was wounded in action in Spain, but survived and returned him to Canada.
Robert Lyon Dickie was a Scottish Canadian volunteer. He immigrated to Canada in 1921, and married Violet Woodman in 1928. He fought with the Mackenzie Papineau Battalion, but was taken prisoner in March 1938. He was imprisoned at San Pedro de Cardeña, where he was the contact for the Communist Party. He was released during a prisoner exchange in 1939, and returned to Canada soon after.
Read his testimony about his time in San Pedro de Cardeña