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Civil war nurse honoured on centenary of her birth

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A nurse who volunteered to care for wounded anti-fascist soldiers during the Spanish Civil War has been honoured in the town of Reading to mark the centenary of her birth.

Thora Silverthorne, who died in 1999, was born in Wales on 25 November 1910 but moved to the Berkshire town in the 1920s.

She travelled to Spain when war broke out in 1936.

Roses were laid on a Spanish Civil War memorial in Reading, which Ms Silverthorne unveiled in 1990.

Michael Walker, London nursing officer for Unison, said: “Thora Silverthorne fought tyranny wherever she found it, whether it be on the wards of London’s teaching hospitals or fighting fascism in Spain. If she were alive today, I am sure she would be encouraging nursing students to stand up and fight for their rights.”

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