The International Brigade Memorial Trust was formed in 2000 and incorporates I.B. veterans, their families & friends, as well as historians, researchers, and all
who have an interest in commemorating the memory and spirit of those who supported the people of Spain in their anti-fascist struggle 1936-1939. For more information including a detailed history of the British battalion and details of events being held in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland aswell as in Spain please see our website  www.international-brigades.org.uk  
or contact I.B.M.T, 37, Reginald Road, London, E7 9HS  Tel.020 8555 6674.
 email marlenesidaway@hotmail.com 
Sponsorship raised from this bicycle ride will be donated to the International Brigade Memorial Trust

Accompanying the cyclists will be the recently produced “Memorial Marching Banner” to commemorate the deaths of two Clarion Cycling Club members who died whilst serving with the International Brigades.

 

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Raymond Arthur Cox was working as a clerk with a building contractor in Southampton at the time the fascists launched their cowardly attack on the democratically elected government of Spain. He immediately gave up his job and at his own expense travelled to Spain to offer his services to the Republican Government. Before leaving he told his widowed mother and his elder brother that he had felt the call to go and assist the Spanish people in their fight for liberty. He wrote “I believe that by fighting for the Spanish Government against the forces of Fascism I shall be helping to preserve peace throughout Europe, because if the Spanish Government wins the war it will mean that a European conflict will be further off” Activated by that ideal Roy Cox fought and died. He was an active member of the Shop Assistant’s Union and a delegate to Southampton Trades’ Council. He was a founder member of the Southampton Section of the National Clarion Cycling Club and Secretary of the London and Southern Counties Union of the National Clarion Cycling Clubs.Ray (known as “Tommy” to his Club mates) was among the first to volunteer in September 1936 and was one of the first to die on 15th December 1936 when he was mortally wounded during the heroic defense of Madrid. He was aged just 22 years old.

Roy Watts was employed as a furniture salesman with the Co-Op, firstly in Portsmouth and then later in Leicester. As a member of the Communist Party and Shop Assistants’ Union he regularly addressed open air meetings on Southsea Front. He was also chairman of the Portsmouth and District National Clarion Cycling Club and one of its most popular members. Writing to a group of friends shortly before his death he wrote: 

“I am happy and proud to place my services with the workers of Spain in their heroic fight against the bestialities of Fascism; we have nothing in common with the outlook of the Fascists who glorify death as their ideal. We love life, but because we love it we do not begrudge giving it in order to save humanity from the enemies of life. Many of our best comrades have already fallen and we do not hide the bitter pain of their loss but their deaths call not for mourning but for action”. Roy Watts was killed on 25th September 1938 when a fascist plane scored a direct hit on his position during the Ebro Offensive. He was 23 years old.