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Jack Brent

Jack Brent

Jack Brent (aka Georjge Dickie) was one of only two men from Dumfries and Galloway to serve with the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War. Born in Canada 1912, Jack Brent moved to Whithorn while still a small child. He was apprenticed to a local butcher but at the age of 17 left to join the Cameronian Highlanders. He deserted in 1933 and spent time in London where he developed an active interest in left wing politics. In 1936, soon after the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, he was accepted with the International Brigades, a world-wide volunteer organisation of men and women who went to Spain to defend the Republican government from attack by Franco's fascist army.

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