Thomas, Bleddyn Cynfyn.

Biography

Thomas, Bleddyn Cynfyn. ("Jack"); b. November 22, 1899, Caeran, South Wales, to the US in 1923; Welsh; 5th grade education; WWI served in the British Army, Coldstream and Welsh Guards, 2 years service, 1917 in France; Single (Married?); Steel Worker and Coal miner; CP 1928 and YCL 1924; Domicile Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; Arrived in Spain either June 1, 1937 or March 26, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, Mackenzie-Papineau BN, Co. 1; 129th BDE, "Mayeric", 3rd BN, Co. 1; Served at Fuentes de Ebro, Teruel, Segura de los Baños, Hijar, Alcaniz, Caspe, Pina Blanco, Pino Mareo, and Manzurgeco; Held in a French Concentration camp after leaving Spain; Attempted to return to the US but was unable to obtain re-entry papers, returned to Wales.
Sources: Mac-Pap; RGASPI.
Photographs: Two unidentified volunteers and Jack Thomas after Fuentes de Ebro, October 1937. The 15th International Brigade Photographic Unit Photograph Collection; ALBA Photo 11; ALBA Photo number 11- 0769. Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.