In 1937, during the Spanish civil war, a group of almost 4,000 children was evacuated from Bilbao in the Basque region of Spain. They embarked from Santurce, Bilbao, on the 'Habana' on Friday 21st May and dropped anchor at Fawley, at the entrance to Southampton Water, on Saturday evening. The following morning, Sunday 23rd, they docked at Southampton.

Initially accommodated in a large camp at North Stoneham, Eastleigh, they were eventually dispersed to many 'colonies' throughout the country.

Our main aim is to remember and preserve the story of these children, the niños vascos, in its proper historical context.

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Huddersfield and the Spanish Civil War - Alan Brooke March 2009 - First published in the Huddersfield Local History Society Journal

By Lynne Ingram

Basque and Jewish Refugees at Tythrophouse, Kingsey, 1937-1940 - by Diana Gulland
(offprinted from 'Records of Bucks' Vol. 54 2014

By Natalia Benjamin

By Natalia Benjamin

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Thomas Webb
14 March 2015, Swindon

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"Beyond the SS Habana"

Beyond the SS Habana

A new book

Stepping onto English shores, Josefina Suñé is uprooted from her Spanish background … this true story unfolds as she falls in love and marries … but her new life is destroyed when caught up in the German Occupation of France …

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Gernika: A new film

Paying homage to civilian suffering over town that was brutally bombed during Spanish Civil War

Our readers may find the following article interesting. It is about a new film being made on the bombing of Guernica.

Read the Independent article …