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Ricardo Martínez Balda

We are sorry to report that Ricardo sadly passed away in St Peter's Hospital in Chertsey on New Years' Day, 2017.

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José María Orella Ortueta

We've now updated José's obituary with the very moving eulogy given by Fr Stephan Chrysostomou at his funeral in November 2016.

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Luis, José, Ramón Santamaria

"A feast my refugee father never forgot"

This article by Belinda Wickens was published in The Guardian Family Life section.

"My father remembers the feast. We had been eating the same as everybody else – bread and lard, mostly …"

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La Guerra Civil en Barakaldo

Recent Publication

La Guerra Civil en Barakaldo - Once Meses de Resistencia
por Koldobika López Grandoso
Pub Ediciones Beta, ISBN 978-84-15495-91-8, 440pp

Con un capítulo titulado Evacuaciones al extranjero con una sección sobre los niños que se evacuaron a Inglaterra.

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Leicestershire Historian

"Leicester's refuge for Basque children from the Spanish Civil War (Part 1)"

This article by RichardGraves, published in The Leicestershire Historian talks about the colony at Leicester: Evington Hall.

The cover photo and editorial accompanying the article will also be of interest to readers.

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Children at Montrose

Scotland's forgotten Spanish Civil War refugee colony

"They arrived in the small Scottish coastal town one afternoon in September 1937, a welcome banner pinned up by the train station - Viva Spain Salud!

"The message of Long Live Spain may have been small comfort to the 24 boys and girls who had arrived in Montrose from the Basque Country, torn away from their families to escape the Spanish Civil War. …"

The Scotsman, June 2016.

Marina del pueblo de Hayes, Northolt

The Struggle over the Evacuation to the United Kingdom and Repatriation of Basque Refugee Children in the Spanish Civil War: Symbols and Souls

"In May 1937, British charities and political activists combined forces to evacuate nearly 4000 Basque children from Spain to the United Kingdom. The evacuation marks one of the great chapters in twentieth century refugee history …"

This is an author produced version of a paper accepted for publication in Journal of Contemporary History by Peter Anderson. Read it here.

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In 1937, during the Spanish civil war, almost 4,000 children were evacuated to the UK from Bilbao. Read more …

At first they stayed in a camp at Stoneham and later in colonies throughout the UK. Read more …

We want to remember and preserve the story of these niños de la guerra in their rightful context. Read more …

    From the Archives

In their own words

Newsletter No 7, April 2007, page 8

The 70th anniversary issue contains articles written by the Basque children themselves when they were young …

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Latest Articles


by John Simmons

by Mark Phillimore

by Forbes Inglis

by Gary Willis: submitted as part of his MRes in Historical Research, University of London

Simon Martinez

Simon Martinez

Simon Martinez

by David Crowe: dissertation successfully submitted in part fulfilment of a BA (Hons) History degree to the University of Chichester.

by Claire Hignett

by Simon Martínez

Slide presentation by Roger Vlitos of the Faringdon Collection, by kind permission of Lord Faringdon.

by Don Watson