Jules Pekka Paivio

Alternate name(s): 
Pauli Koponen; Airio
Date of birth: 
Monday, 30 April 1917
Marital status: 
single
Ethnicity/Nationality: 
Canadian; Finnish
Profession: 
clerk
Hometown(s): 
Sudbury, Ontario; Mattawa, Ontario
Political affiliation: 
Young Communist League, 1930, unit secretary; Joined the Communist Party in Spain
Affiliations to union and social groups: 
Finnish organizations
Approximate date arrived in Spain: 
1937-02-00
Unit: 
Abraham Lincoln Battalion; Mackenzie Papineau Battalion; Lieutenant; Served at Jarama, Brunete, then to Officers' Training School, promoted to teniente; Commander of the Non Commissioned Officer school
Final status: 

POW 3 April 1938; Imprisoned at San Pedro de Cardena; Exchanged 5 April; Survived; Returned to Canada 6 May 1939 on the Duchess of Bedford; Served in the Canadian Army during World War II, teaching map reading skills; Mackenzie Papineau Veterans Association (Toronto); Visited Spain with the Veterans Delegation in in September 1979; Later became an architect and directed construction of the Ottawa monument to the Mac Paps; Died 4 September 2013 as the last surviving member of the Mackenzie Papineau Battalion

Other: 

He wrote a testimony about his experience as a prisoner of war at San Pedro de Cardeña; Paivio's story, including the story of his father Aku Paivio's poem, "To My Son in Spain," is told in the documentary To My Son In Spain

Sources: 

RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 563, ll. 12-13; List of Canadian Casualties in Spain MG30 E173 Vol.1 File 13 (Captured April 1938); NAC, M-P Collection, Hoar, V. 1, F. 9, Accounts of Experiences in Spain, 1939; Geiser; Momryk; Petrou; Our Boys in Spain; Obituary, Toronto Star, September 13, 2013.