Margaret Crang was a lawyer and politician who played a small but well-publicised part in the Republican effort. In 1933, at the age of 23, Crang became one of the youngest people ever elected to Edmonton City Council. Her left-wing politics took her to Europe in September 1936, where she was representing the Albertan wing of the League Against War and Fascism at the Universal Peace Conference. After the conference, she traveled to Spain, and visited milicianas at the front, where she “proudly...fired two shots for the government side” (Edmonton Journal).
Gordon Keenan and Archibald Keenan were brothers from Cumberland, British Columbia. They likely traveled to Spain together, and fought with the Mackenzie Papineau Battalion. Gordon was killed in action on July 30, 1938 during the Ebro Offensive. Archibald was wounded in action but survived. He was accused of deserting in October 1938 (around the time most International Brigades volunteers were sent home), and he returned to Canada soon after. Both brothers are commemorated with a plaque at the family cemetery plot in Cumberland.
James Cameron was a Scottish Canadian who lived in Vancouver. He was an organizer in the Fisherman’s Union. In April 1938, he was shot in the ankle, and fell behind as Republican forces were retreating. He evaded the enemy for eleven weeks, but was eventually taken prisoner and sent to San Pedro de Cardeña. He was held in five different prisons, and released in April 1940, but was not allowed to return to Canada. He eventually settled in London, after working for several years in the Merchant Marine.
Marcus Aurelius Chase Haldane was an Aboriginal volunteer from Kamloops and Vancouver, British Columbia. He worked as a logger and diamond driller. He lost a leg in Spain, but survived and returned to Canada. After the war, he married Rita Kyelmo.
Ivor "Tiny" Anderson was a Danish-Canadian who immigrated to Canada in the late 1920s. He worked a lumberjack in Alberta and British Columbia, moving around to find work. He survived the sinking of the Ciudad de Barcelona, but he took his own life after losing his legs during the Ebro offensive.
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.