Spanish Interlude

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So what do you do if you find yourself in Malaga for the afternoon with nothing specific to do?  Head for the beach, I hear you cry.  Well, guess what.  I didn’t.  But I did find a couple of memorials which, although unsurprisingly not WWI related, you might find of interest.

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This memorial commemorates Comandante Julio Benitez Benitez, commander of the Spanish garrison defending Igueriben in Morocco in 1921 against the Rif Tribesman of Abd el-Krim.  Benitez’ troops held out for several days against overwhelming odds before they were eventually overrun.  Only a handful of Spanish survived the action, and Benitez was not among them, but he is remembered here for his heroic actions during the defence.

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Igueriben.

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Mother and kittens.  Because they’re very cute.

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“Those of Igueriben die, but never surrender”.

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The magnificent Cathedral in Malaga…

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…dare  I say it, maybe slightly over the top to my eyes…

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…has an interesting plaque on the wall near one of the entrances.

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Now I was intending to show you the English Cemetery in Malaga (above & below)…

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…but it’s closed on Mondays, and what day did I go?

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So you’ll have to make do with the two lions (above & below) on either side of the gates.

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Finally, this rather impressive monument remembers the 49 men who were summarily executed in Malaga in 1831 after General Torrijos’ aborted attempt to overthrow King Ferdinand VII of Spain.

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The memorial was erected just eleven years later, in 1842.

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You will notice the name of a certain Mr. Robert Boyd on the panel above.  If you want to find out Boyd’s story then Google’s your starter for ten; suffice to say that in his final letter home he wrote, “Mark you that I die like a gentleman and a soldier – I am to be shot with sixty others in about an hour”.

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Robert Boyd is not only remembered on the memorial.  He is buried, by the way, in the English Cemetery.  Yep, the one that was closed.  Of course he is.

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