Joaquin Fajardo
John Robertson

Joaquin Fajardo

born 13.10.1918 Otivar,Granada,Spain
Republican Army,Spanish Civil War 1936-39
11 eme Bataillon de Marche,French Foreign Legion April 1940
escaped from Syria to Palestine May 1940
enlisted Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey) July 1940
Private 6100512
50 Commando 1940
D Bn Layforce 1941
POW 1.6.1941 Crete
POW number 96158
Stalag 4C,Wistritz bei Teplitz,Germany
liberated and arrived London June 1945
settled in London postwar
his 2 elder brothers were killed fighting against Franco
Manuel Fajardo 26.8.1951,Antonio Fajardo 6.6.1952
married Leopoldina Andrade (Portuguese) 1949 (1 son Antonio born 1954)
died 3.10.1986 Portugal
buried London

photo courtesy of Tony Fajardo (son of Joaquin)
Hola Antonio
My name is Eugenio Medina and my family lived in Otivar for centuries. In 1907 and 1911 my great grandparents and grandparents left Otivar for Hawaii and its sugar cane plantations and moved to Vacaville California USA with many other Spanis immigrants. I know that several Fajardos left with them,
I would enjoying learning more about your family, your father and ties to Otivar. I have visited it again for the third time (1970, 1999, and 1923) and seen is change so much. I hope life is well for you and your family, Best regards. Gene Medina
Hi Eugenio. We exchanged emails around 25/30 years ago regarding the Spaniards on the HELIOPOLIS. I was never able to ascertain if any direct family members went to Hawaii. Apart from Fajardo, other family surnames were Aneas, Mingorance and Ruiz all very common names in Otivar. Unfortunately, the Fajardo family suffered great tragedy due to the Civil War so when I went to Otivar in 1959 aged five, only my grandmother was living there. My next visit in 1971 was still clouded by fascist neighbours. I returned with my father in 1979 and that was the first time he had returned to the village since 1936 and it was very emotional. My next and last visit was in 2016. I'm sorry to say that although it is a lovely village, it carries a lot of bad memories for the Fajardo family. Please feel free to email me at Kind regards Tony Fajardo

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