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Town honours its Spanish civil war hero

A SCOTTISH communist who died fighting for democracy in the Spanish civil war was honoured in his home town at the weekend.

John Smith was the only person from Irvine to volunteer for the International Brigades.

On September 8 1938 he was killed on the Ebro front.

On Saturday, the Irvine and District Trades Union Council marked 80 years since Mr Smith’s death at the family grave in Knadgerhill Cemetery.

Trades Union Council chairman Jim McDaid said: “John was a true hero who gave his live fighting fascism.”

On September 28 trade unionists in Aberdeen will launch a new booklet to commemorate Aberdonians who volunteered to join the International Brigades. The launch, followed by a social, will take place from 6.30pm at the city’s Town House.

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