The Death of Liam Tumilson, an Irish Anti-Fascist in Spain
Date Written: 14/03/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20515
Murphy commemorates the life of Liam Tumilson, who fought against facism in the Spanish Civil War.
Approximately 30 Belfast men went to Spain in the 1930s to fight against the spread of fascism. It marked the first time since the 1798 United Irishmen rebellion that Laganside Catholics and Protestants came together to fight for a common cause. One of those was Liam Tumilson whose life expired March 14 1937 on the Jarama Front during the Aragon offensive.
Tumilson arrived in Spain in 1936 on the Winter solstice December 21st. Back home in Belfast he worked as a Crane Driver, in Spain he was a driver of revolution.
William James Tumilson was born and reared in the mainly Protestant East Belfast but religion didn't matter to him, the only side he was interested in was the side of the working man.