Book celebrates war volunteers

Deddington author Chris Farman NNL-150220-131227001
Deddington author Chris Farman NNL-150220-131227001

The 31 known volunteers from Oxfordshire who laid their lives on the line during the Spanish Civil War are commemorated in a book co-written by a Deddington author.

No Other Way: Oxfordshire and the Spanish Civil War 1936-39 has been written by Chris Farman and Oxford residents Valery Rose and Liz Woolley.

It tells the story of the Aid for Spain movement in and around Oxford .

Most of the 31 who went to Spain joined the International Brigades.

Six of them – including Edward Cooper, an actor from Duns Tew – were killed fighting to defend the Spanish Republic against a fascist-backed military uprising.

Mr Farman said: “No Other Way has been a labour of love for its three authors and any profits we make will help to pay for a memorial to the Oxfordshire volunteers.”

The memorial has the support of Oxford City Council and will be unveiled in Bonn Square later this year.