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Vaughan Tom

Tom Vaughan Thomas Hugh Vaughan was born in Calcutta (Kolkatta) on May 8th 1911; he studied English at Oxford and was a member of the drama society there. He became a shop floor worker at […]

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Quinton Harold

Harold Quinton Harold W Quinton moved to Braintree with his wife, Gladys, around 1925 where they lived with “two young children, sleeping and eating in a two small unfurnished rooms in Clockhouse Way”. Quinton was […]

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Ioannides Evdoras

Evdoras Ioannides Evdoras Ioannides (alias Doros Alastos) came from Cyprus to London in 1930 joined the Communist Party in 1932. He was also an activist in the Transport and General Workers Union, and became a member […]

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Zaidman Lazar

Lazar Zaidman  Zaidman was a leading London Communist during the period of the 1930s to the 1950s. He was born in Jubilee Street in the East End to a Jewish family in 1903, but returned […]

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Venters Peter

Peter Venters A founder member of the Communist Party, Venters attended the various unity conferences leading up to the creation of the Party, in company with William Docherty, Abe Moffatt (see entry for Moffat), Alec […]

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Usmani Shaukat

Shaukat Usmani   Usmani’s role in the history of the early British Communist Party is so interesting a vital part of the Party’s history, despite his distant connection, it seems churlish not to include him in the […]

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Baker Glen

Glen Baker An active Communist from around the age of 16 years of age, Glen Baker was born in Ipswich and became the YCL branch secretary there. In 1972, he moved to London, joining the […]

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Atkinson Eric

Eric Atkinson: Atkinson was born on March 26th 1928 in the small village of Uphall Station, West Lothian, Scotland. It was this harsh climate that shaped the young Eric’s worldview during the 30s and 40s, which […]

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Vickers Freddie

Freddie Vickers Winifred (Freddie) Mary (n’e Lambert) Vickers was born on September 4th 1918 in Liverpool, the youngest of four children. Her father was a customs official and her mother a schoolteacher. Freddie won scholarships […]

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Utting Arthur

Arthur Utting Utting, born in October 1918 in East Anglia, was apprenticed in his youth as a carpenter and joiner. During the 1930s, he became active in the Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers in Peterborough from […]