Town honours Spanish Civil war nurse

Reading Post, November 24, 2010 A nurse from Reading who voluntarily cared for anti-Fascist fighters in the Spanish Civil War will be honoured in the town tomorrow. Reading borough mayor Councillor Gul Khan will lay roses at the Spanish Civil War memorial outside the Civic Offices to mark the centenary of Thora Silverthorne’s birth. Ms Silverthorne was born in Wales on November 25, 1910, but moved to Reading to work as a nanny for Somerville Hastings, Labour MP for the town in the 20s and early 30s. She was an active member of the local branch of the Communist Party of Great Britain while in Reading and travelled to Spain to become a voluntary nurse when the civil war broke out. ... Town