Person - Liversedge, Ronald (1899-1974)

Liversedge, Ronald (1899-1974)




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1899 - 1974


Liversedge, Ronald was born in Bradford, United Kingdom, in 1899. Ronald Liversedge fought in the Great War where he was twice wounded. He became a Communist in 1921, a cause he never abandoned. He was a labourer in Australia prior to coming to the West Coast of Canada in 1927. He lived most of his life around Vancouver and Vancouver Island, working as a labourer, organizer, writer and editor.

Liversedge's working class experiences in Sudbury, on the Prairies and in Vancouver strengthened his Communist beliefs and he became a leading activist among the single, unemployed men who were relegated to so-called Relief Camps that were managed by the army. The accommodation was rudimentary and pay was only 20 cents per day. Demanding "work and wages" the men mobilized into the Relief Camp Workers Union to demand better wages, a five-day work week, unemployment insurance, Worker's Compensation coverage, the right to vote, and to have camps taken out of control of the Defense Department.

In 1935, Liversedge was among the approximately 1500 workers who left the camps in British Columbia to join protests in Vancouver that were led primarily by Arthur Slim Evans. Liversedge's hatred for Prime Minister R.B. Bennett was justified by the actions of the police on behalf of the federal government during the Regina Riot that halted the On-to-Ottawa trek in 1935. Liversedge provided a rare, working class view of the On-to-Ottawa events for a self-published memoir called "Recollections of the On to Ottawa Trek".

In the late thirties he signed up to fight for the Spanish Republic. Fired by a life-long passion for social justice, and outraged by the fascist attack on the Spanish people, he went after the May Day 1937. His journey to the East Coast, towards the ship that will take his fellow fighters to Spain, was a journey through late Depression North America.

After surviving a German torpedo attack on the troop carrier that brought him into Spain, Liversedge and his fellow Canadian fighters arrived in Albacete where they were assigned by the International Brigades. He served in the Canadian Cadre Service and with the 35th Artillery Battalion. Liversedge witnessed the battles of Albalate, Huesca, Fuentes de Ebro, Benicassim, Cuenca, and, at the end, Valencia.

In "Mac-Pap: Memoir of a Canadian in the Spanish Civil War", Liversedge described the characters he encountered, including American and German comrades-in-arms in the Lincoln and Thälmann Battalions. After his retirement, Liversedge moved to Lake Cowichan in 1974. He died on that same year.

Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

Date of the event: 1936 - 1939






Lugar de Residencia:

Estados Unidos


Martínez Reverte, Jorge. Guerreros y traidores: de la guerra de España a la Guerra Fría. 1ª edición. Barcelona: Galaxia Gutenberg. 2014. 242 páginas. ISBN: 978-84-672-5803-5 .

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