Lionel Edwards

Nickname: 
Ernie
Date of birth: 
Sunday, 23 October 1910
Marital status: 
single
Ethnicity/Nationality: 
Canadian
Profession: 
accountant; newspaperman
Hometown(s): 
Vancouver, British Columbia; Edmonton, Alberta; Calgary, Alberta; Pine Lake, Alberta
Education: 
University of Alberta, 2 years
Political affiliation: 
Communist Party of Canada, 1934
Affiliations to union and social groups: 
Involved in proletariat organizations; Involved in cultural groups; Writers' groups
Involvement in On-to-Ottawa Trek: 
Participated in the On-to-Ottawa Trek.
Approximate date arrived in Spain: 
1937-02-17 left on the President Roosevelt from US
1937-03-17 arrived
Unit: 
Secretariat of the International Brigades at Albacete; Attended Pozo Rubio Officer Training School from July 1 to August 31, 1937; Battalion of Instruction at Tarragona from August 31, 1937 to September 9, 1937; Mackenzie Papineau Battalion, Company no. 3 from September 9, 1937 to March 3, 1938; Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion, Company no. 1 from April 3, 1938 to July 25, 1938; Rank of Sargento, November 24, 1937; Teniente, April 24, 1938, Captain, October 1, 1938; Served at Fuentes de Ebro, Teruel, Segura de los BaƱos, Gandesa, Ebro, and Ebro Corbera.
Final status: 

WIA 25 or 28 July 1938; Hit by artillery shrapnel in right shoulder and left forearm during an attack on Asco during the Ebro Offensive; Hospitalized until November 13, 1938; Survived; Returned to Canada on February 3, 1939 on the Duchess of Richmond; Died December 12, 1991

Other: 
Member of Mac-Pap Veterans Association (West); Visited Spain with Veterans delegation in September 1979
Full Name: 
Lionel Frank Edwards
Sources: 
RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 547, ll. 37-56; Petrou; Ancestry; Mac Reynolds interviews; Hoff