Richard and Margot met in Spain at the time of the Spanish Civil War where Margot was a nurse and Richard one of th first two Englishmen to join the Spanish Republican Army in Barcelona in 1936. They were inspired by the need to take a stand against the rise of Franco, Mussolini and Hitler. He was assigned to English Language Broadcasting from Radio Catalan and wrote the broadcasts himself, an act which placed him on Franco's death list.
He married Margot Miller, a nurse of the Spanish Medical Aid in a ceremony conducted by a Republican soldier.
Richard was a journalist and writer and Margot wrote too, she wrote "The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Atomic Radiation". Marilyn never met her but says she is reputed to be "a bit of a character", deeply involved in the CND and very left wing.
The story is told to me by Marilyn Daish, close friend and ex-partner of their son Rob. Rob sadly died of muscular dystrophy, a disease it seemed was passed down through the family, affecting many others. It is clear that Marilyn misses Rob a great deal and her flat has many photographs of him on the walls and shelves, along with a lot of fascinating art and artefacts displayed around the colourful flat.