Our Volunteer of the Week is George Steer: He was born in England, and moved to Canada in 1925. He worked in Canada as a tailor, and he was married with three children. He was a veteran of the First World War. He was wounded twice in Spain, but survived the war. While in Spain, he was expelled from the Communist Party, but "he didn't care."
Our volunteer of the week is Tomo Čačić. Čačić was arrested and imprisoned alongside Canadian Communist leaders during the early 1930s. He was deported, and was shifted around Europe until he settlef for 3 years in Moscow. He fought in Spain and ended up in a refugee camp in France at the end of the war. He eventually returned to his home country of Yugoslavia.
Our volunteer of the week is Mortimer Kosowatski, also known as Jack Steele. Kosowatski went to Spain in 1937 and returned to Canada to act as Director of Rehabilitation for the returning Mac Paps. He returned to Spain in June 1938, and he was killed only a month later in an air attack after crossing the Ebro.
Our volunteer of the week is Edgar Lemke, born in Russia in 1883. He served in the anti-Bolshevik British Expeditionary Force to North Russia before moving to Canada in 1924. A member of the Co-operative Commonwealt Federation in Canada, he joined the Communist Party of Spain during the Spanish Civil War. Lemke spoke English, Russian, German, Spanish, French, and Norwegian, and spent much of the war acting as a translator and secretary for various units, including the Mac Paps and a Russian armoured unit.
Our volunteer of the week is Franjo Koscic, who was born in Croatia in 1902. Koscic served in the Royal Yugoslav Navy for two years, and was a member of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia before immigrating to Canada in 1925. He served in anti-tank and artillery battalions in Spain, where he was wounded in action. He returned to Canada after the war, and died in Rijeka, Yugoslavia in 1968.
Our volunteer of the week is Mykhailo Hondorf, a Ukrainian-Canadian from Montreal who was born circa 1915. A member of the Young Communist League, Hondorf was one of the 165 passengers, including 65 international volunteers, who died when the Ciudad de Barcelona was torpedoed on 30 May 1937. The Ciudad de Barcelona was sailing from Marseille to Spain when it was attacked by an Italian submarine and sank in just a few minutes.
Our volunteer of the week is Charles "Chick" Friend of Hamilton. Born in 1910, Friend worked in textiles and joined the Communist Party of Canada in 1935, later working for the party's newspaper, the Daily Clarion.
Our volunteer of the week is Thomas “Pop” Cochrane, of Windsor, Ontario, and Belfast, Ireland. Cochrane was the oldest Canadian volunteer, born 12 October, 1885. He was married and was the father of 6 children.
Cochrane worked as an auto worker and electrician in Windsor. He was a member of the Communist Party of Canada, an organizer with the National Unemployed Association, and a member of the Canadian Labour Defence League.
Our volunteer of the week is Alfred Brugere, a French Canadian. He worked as a construction worker in Paris, France. He arrived in Spain Nov 1936 and served in the Commune de Paris Battalion, Machine Gun Co. He was killed at Jarama in February of 1937.
Our volunteer of the week is Jules Paivio. Born into a socialist Finnish family in Ontario in 1917, Paivio was the last surviving Mac Pap when he died in 2013. Jules' father, Aku Paivio, was a prominent Finnish Canadian socialist journalist and poet who composed the poem "To My Son in Spain" when Jules volunteered.