Holtzclaw, Leonard Martin.

Biography

k-Holtzclaw, Leonard Martin (Holt, Lee); b. March 25, 1908 (1909) Willowhill, Illinois; father George Washington Holtzclaw(1876-1941), mother Nancy Elizabeth (Watson) Holtzclaw (1880-?); CP employee; CP December 1933; Received Passport# 496105 on February 2, 1938 which listed his address as 24-14 28th Street, Astoria, Long Island, New York; Arrived in Spain via Massanet on May 13, 1938; Served with the XV BDE, Lincoln-Washington Battalion, Co 3; Rank Sargento; Believed captured and executed on September 7, 1938, Sierra Caballs, during the Ebro Offensive; USDDA includes a sworn statement by Gerald Cook, William G. Wheeler and Herman Klein:
“We. The undersigned certify that the men named below were members of the third company of the Lincoln Battalion in Spain and were captured by the Franco forces on the 7th day of September, 1938, on the sector of Corbera. We know these facts to be true as we witnessed the entire affair, having been members of the same unit and barely escaping ourselves after having been completely surrounded. These men are: Irving Rifkin, James Pearce, Jack Arnold, Pat Garafalo, Wilbur Wheeler, Thomas Hardy, Sam Grossner, William Miller, Leonard Holtzclaw.”

Siblings: brothers James “Jack” Craig Holtzclaw (1904-1961), Paul Watson Holtzclaw (1906-1941), Luther Wesley Holtzclaw (1907-1983), Cecil Alexander Holtzclaw (1914 – 1999), John Kendrick Holtzclaw (1916- 1985).
Sources: Scope of Soviet Activity; Figueres List; Pay; RGASPI; USSDA 2:0648, 55:0901; (sworn statement) USSDA 2:0865, 59:0211. Code A

Photograph: Corporal Leonard Holtzclaw, Lincoln-Washington, Company 3, August 1938. The 15th International Brigade Photographic Unit Photograph Collection; ALBA Photo 11; ALBA Photo number 11-0058. Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.