The Secretary of Salford Young Communist League, a bricklayer by trade, he volunteered for the Merchant Navy in World War Two. Sadly, like so many merchant seamen at this time, his very first trip out proved to be his last. He died in January 1942 whilst serving on board the Empire Surf, sunk by U-boat about 600 miles east of the Orkney Isles. 47 crew were lost from a total crew 53.
Sources: Daily Worker 13 January 1943;
`Conquer Your Future Now’ by Mick Bennett (1942) Thanks to Michael Walker.