(Richard Baxell is a historian, author, research fellow, chair of the International Brigade Memorial Trust and the author of Unlikely Warriors.)

Sadly, we have now reached the end of an era. With the death of 98-year old Stan Hilton, there are no longer any British veterans of the International Brigades who fought in the Spanish Civil war of 1936-1939 alive to tell their tale. Stan may well have been the last member of the entire...