Born in 1924, Ernie French was a member of the Communist Party from 1945. He was an AEU activist for four decades. A supporter of the Morning Star in the internal conflict of the mid-1980s, he died in 1985.
When his funeral procession passed through Harlow industrial estate, workers downed tools to pay tribute. The Mayor and the local member of the European Parliament spoke at the funeral.
Source: Morning Star August 30th 1985