Following in the footsteps of the International Brigaders

Sponsored Walk Saturday 18th September 2021

Join Sylvia Knight and Pauline Fraser on this one-off historic walk through Brighton and Hove, stopping where local International Brigaders lived before going to fight fascism in Spain, 1936-1939.

Assembling at Hove Station at 11am on Saturday 18 September, the walk will wind its way through the city, stopping at the Brigaders’ houses and at the two large houses in the city that hosted groups of Basque refugee children. There will be a refreshment stop at 2pm and the walk aims to finish around 4.30pm.

Led by Pauline Fraser, a Trustee of the International Brigade Memorial Trust, walkers will hear from memoirs, letters, or other sources, how the volunteers helped the Spanish Republic in its hour of need and the welcome that local people gave to some of the 4,000 Basque children who came as refugees to Britain in 1937.

To take part in the sponsored walk please contact Pauline by email at: so that your name can be added to the list and you will receive a full itinerary of the day.

Walkers should encourage sponsors via their person-to-person contacts or through social media.

Not sure about a seven-mile walk? Then sponsor the walkers, by making a donation, either by PayPal at; or bank transfer to: International Brigade Memorial, Sort code 40-52-40, Account number 00013716; or by cheque to: IBMT, 37a Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DU. In each case please add a note or reference with the word ‘Walk’ or please accompany your donation with an email to:

A third of the money raised will go towards Sussex Brigaders Remembered, a local IBMT affiliate that aims to get a memorial erected in Brighton to some 23 men, and possibly one woman, who volunteered from Sussex between 1936 and 1938. The other two thirds will go to the IBMT which aims to keep alive the memory and spirit of the Brigaders through events and educational work.

If you’ve got any questions about the walk or about making a donation, please contact Pauline by email at:

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