These records show 540 fatalities on the Spanish Civil War 1936 – 1939 register.

The war broke out on 17 July 1936 after a coup by a group of generals in the Spanish Republican Armed Forces against the elected government. The coup was supported by a number of conservative groups.

Despite the fact European powers signed a Non-Intervention Agreement in 1936 several countries contributed munitions, manpower and support to one side or the other.

The United Kingdom declared itself neutral. The government and establishment were strongly anti-communist and believed a win for Franco’s Nationalists was in the best interests of the country. It became a crime to volunteer to fight in Spain but 4000 went anyway.

In 1939 the Nationalists prevailed and General Franco ruled Spain for the next 36 years, until his death in 1975.