THE last British member of the Spanish Civil War International Brigade has died.
Stan Hilton, who fought on behalf of the Spanish against fascist dictator General Franco, passed away in Melbourne at the age of 98.
In 1937, a 19-year-old Hilton left his ship in Alicante and joined the British Battalion of the 15th International Brigade.
“The Spanish people needed help, it was the right thing to do,” he said.
Hilton helped Spanish rebels fight off Hitler and Mussolini’s forces too, who were testing their weaponry ahead of the Second World War.
He rejoined the British navy for WWII before emigrating to Australia in 1956.