Marshall Mateer

VOLUNTEERS ~ articles, biographies & short film

Short pieces about a particular volunteer. Some are brigaders. Some are those who helped

Sid Avner was one of the earliest volunteers from England arriving in Spain in September 1936. Leah Manning was Secretary of the Spanish Medical Aid Committee. They never met – except in this tall tale …
Sid Catches the Bus >>

Sam Lesser- the IBMT Days – a short film I made for the launch of his book ‘I Saw Democracy Murdered’ and shown at Marx Memorial Library in 2022. In Spain and for his journalism he was known as Sam Russell
watch the video >>

Ramona Siles Garcia. A Spanish volunteer who met and Englishman, Nat Cohen, under fire on the beaches of Mallorca. They married and remained together until Ramona died in 1965 … the story >>