A carpenter by trade Oldershaw was a member of the Battersea Number 2 branch of the Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers. He seconded a motion to the local Trades Council to establish an Aid to
He left for
He completed his training in November 1937 and became a Political Commissar in the International Brigade. Commissars were an integral part of the army with the job of inspiring their unit with discipline and loyalty. They worked in conjunction with the military commander, and were often elected.
Oldershaw’s first role as Political Commissar had been for the Machine Gun Company. At the start of Franco's
It was wrongly announced at the Trades Council meeting of May 1938 that Tom Oldershaw had been captured. It is an indication of the lack of proper information that was being received in
Oldershaw was also a member of the Clarion Cycling Club and his death was reported in its journals.
The Aid to