The International Brigade Association Committee

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The International Brigade Association Committee

by Rosalind Miller
toned bromide print, 14 February 1996
10 in. x 12 1/2 in. (253 mm x 316 mm)
Purchased, 1997
Photographs Collection
NPG x87084

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The International Brigade Association was formed at the close of the Spanish Civil War in 1939 with the intention of carrying on the 'defence and advance of democracy against fascism' in Britain. Full membership is limited to those who had served in Spain for the Republic. This photograph was taken at a 1996 meeting of the committee of the International Brigade Association at the Marx memorial Library in London. The sitters include; Back row, left to right: Dave Goodman (salesman) 1915-2001, Bill Alexander (industrial chemist and International Brigade captain) 1910-2000, Simon Hirschman (soldier) 1912-1999, John Longstaff (laundry boilerman) 1919-2000, Seated: John Cowan Peter Dunlop (accountant) b.1915 , Leonard Crome (doctor), b. 1909 , Dave Marshall (civil servant) b.1916, Patience Edney (nurse) 1911-1996.

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The largest ever IRA bomb is detonated in Manchester causing the destruction of many buildings and over 200 injuries. Nobody died in the incident because a warning was given and the area evacuated. After the bombing much of Manchester was rebuild and in 1998 it won a successful bid to host the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana finalise their divorce after four years of separation.

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Danny Boyle tells the story of a group of Edinburgh heroin addicts in his critically acclaimed film version of Irvine Welsh's novel Trainspotting.


The First Chechnya War breaks out between Chechnya and Russia when Russian forces invade the country in support of Chechnyan opposition to the government. The invasion went badly with strong Chechnyan resistance and dissent in the Russian command. However, a truce was finally established after Russia seized the capital Grozny. More than 46,000 people died as a result of the conflict.

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