Reference Material

Names of Basque Children (Niños) who remained in Great Britain, 1948

The Habana

For many years now I have wanted to put together a list of names of the niños who remained in Great Britain after the Spanish Civil War had ended.

There were many reasons why they did not return to their homeland.

A number of children's parents had been killed. Some parents could not take them back because of illness or poverty; other families were in exile or untraceable. In addition some children or young adults chose to stay in the UK. We do not know all the reasons but some 280 children remained and made their way in life in the UK.

The list contains the identification tag numbers of each individual together with their names and ages when the vessel "Habana" sailed from Santurce on 21st May 1937. There are four names with ✝, which signifies that they died in this country during or before 1948. I know that some niños returned to Bilbao and then came back to live the rest of their lives in the UK, but if they returned whilst under the care of the Basque Children's Committee, then their names will be missing from the list.

The list linked to below is in PDF format, and if any changes should be made I would be very grateful if you could inform me via and we will make any additions or removals as are necessary.

It may be possible that objections are made regarding names published and I would like some feedback regarding this matter. I hope any feedback is positive and that all the surviving niños, their children, grandchildren and relatives are able to extract some historical insight from seeing the information contained in this list.

Read the full List here.

This page was kindly provided by Gerald Hoare (son of Rita Gómez Mateo – Maestra (teacher) who accompanied the children on the "Habana" and at Moorhill House, Southampton from autumn 1937 to December 1939)

The data have been taken, from "¡Salvad a los Niños!" by Gregorio Arrien, with permission from the author.