FP100: No. 99

International Brigade Memorial
International Brigade Memorial

International Brigade

This unassuming plaque and memorial sits under a tree in a quiet spot near the railway station on Forth Avenue, Kirkcaldy.

It was erected by Kirkcaldy District Council and Friends of the International Brigades in May 1980 and September 1986. It was later rededicated on April 4, 2009.

It commemorates those men from the town and district who joined the International Brigade and went to fight in the Spanish Civil War.

The inscription on the plaque reads, somewhat poetically:

“To honour the memory of those who went from The Lothians and Fife to serve in the war in Spain, 1936 - 1939.

Not to a fanfare of trumpets

Nor even the skirl o’ the pipes

Not for the off’r of a shilling

Nor to see their names up in lights

Their call was a cry of anguish

From the hearts of the people of Spain

Some paid with their lives it is true

Their sacrifice was not in vain.”

It is believed to be one of only two such memorials commemorating the Spanish Civil War to exist in Scotland.