Update 31 August 2011

August 30, 2011

Who is Jock Stockwell?

Reputed to be a Scottish veteran who moved to the United States after the war.  He does not appear on any of the lists of known volunteers.  J. Carmody checked the list of UK volunteers and there is no volunteer by that name. 

There is some information available on him.  He is mentioned in an article that appeared in the British newsletter International Brigade Memorial Trust (No. 5, June 2003).  The brief note indicates that Stockwell was originally from Scotland and fought with the British Battalion. 

Stockwell was interviewed by Ulrich Kolbe from Germany for a documentary on Harry Fisher.  The footage of Stockwell was shot at the VALB reunion in NYC.  Kolbe’s film Spanish Himmel uber Amerika can be found on Youtube.com.  Stockwell has only a very small role in the film.  In the film he says that he arrived in Spain in August 1936 and received some training at Albacete before going to the Madrid Front.  He describes fighting in what sounds like University City Madrid.  His story does not add up very well. 

A Google search turned up a citation in Mary V. Dearborn’s Mistress of Modernism: The Life of Peggy Guggenheim. In the book he is noted as an artist and veteran of the Spanish Civil War who met Ms. Guggenheim in 1946.

Was he in Spain under a different name? or is he a pretender?