ONE of Britain’s key heroes from the Spanish Civil War has died at the age of 96.
Jack Jones – who became known as the ‘Champion of Working People’ – fought in a number of key battles against Franco’s fascist forces.
Joining the International Brigades in 1936 at the age of 23, he was sent to the front to fight against the trained soldiers, who were backed by Hitler and Mussolini.
He was eventually returned to Britain after being wounded in the bloody Battle of the Ebro in 1938.
He wrote about his experiences in his autobiography, Union Man.
A committed socialist, he later became the boss of the Transport and General Workers Union.
Born into a dockers family in Liverpool in 1913, he spent much of his retirement campaigning for pensioners.