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Sidney Avner (picture left with moustache) was a Young Communist League (YCL) and Communist Party member from Upper Clapton, Hackney,
As a member of a ten strong British Unit in the German Thaelmann Battalion fighting for the Republican cause in
Those killed were Harry Addley (Folkestone), William Gough (Luton), Martin Messer (London), Lorimer Birch (London), Ray Cox (Southampton) and Sid Avener. The only two to survive were Esmond Romilly and Bert Ovenden.