Volunteer of the Week: Gerald Charles Shea

Our Volunteer of the Week is Gerald Charles Shea, an Irish Canadian who fought in the Spanish Civil War. He lived all over Canada, from Vancouver, BC to Glace Bay, NS, working as a miner, logger, fisherman, and cowhand. He was a member of the Communist Party, the Relief Project Workers’ Union, and the Vancouver Sports Club. He participated in the On to Ottawa Trek. Shea served in many roles in Spain, including as clerk, corporal, and company party secretary. He was reported MIA and later hospitalized, but he survived the war and returned to Canada in February 1939.

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