Mass Civil War grave found in northern Spain

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Mass Civil War grave found in northern Spain

A MASS Civil War grave containing 59 skeletons has been unearthed in Burgos.

In a week-long excavation volunteers uncovered one skeleton dressed in an orthopaedic corset, believed to be that of a man who was reported missing during the Civil War. DNA tests are now being run to confirm his identity.

It comes as Britain’s MI5 revealed that at least double the number of Britons joined the International Brigades to fight Franco during the Civil War than previously believed.

New figures show as many as 4,000 people from Britain and Ireland were actually suspected of travelling to join the war between 1936 and 1939.

On their return they were kept under close scrutiny by MI5 until the mid-1950s for fear of being communists.

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