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Ashleigh Charles

Charles Ashleigh   Ashleigh (left, speaking at the funerals of three martyred Wobblies in the USA) was already interested in radical politics when he emigrated from Britain to Argentina as a very young man in […]

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Vowles Chris

Chris Vowles Vowles joined the Communist Party in 1936, after a visit to the Soviet Union, and remained a member of the CPGB until dissolution. Having completed articles in Gloucester before the war, he qualified […]

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Norwood Melita

Melita Norwood Melita Norwood, known throughout her life as `Letty’, was born on March 25th 1912 as Melita Sirnis, since her father was a Latvian immigrant bookbinder, although her mother was English. Her father, Alexander […]

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Ashton Mark

Mark Ashton   Ashton, being born in 1961, was active within the Young Communist League at a time when it was falling into fragments – after having followed a thoroughly revisionist and liquidationist course for […]

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Nicolson Jock

Jock Nicolson   Born in Lanarkshire, Scotland, in 1921, the son of a watchmaker who, having fought in Africa, became a railway worker, Jock Nicolson was one of five children. Leaving school at the age […]

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O’Riordan Michael

Michael O’Riordan Michael O’Riordan was born in Pope’s Quay, Cork, in November 1917. His parents had moved from Béal Átha an Ghaorthaidh to the city, where his father worked as a tram driver. He attended […]

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Nicholas T E

T E Nicholas T E Nicholas, poet, preacher, lecturer and dentist was born in Llanfyrnach, Pembrokeshire in 1878, and became a talented champion of Welsh language Communism. Known by his bardic name, Niclas y Glais, […]

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Ord Jimmy

Jimmy Ord   Born in 1902, Jimmy Ord was a founder member of the Communist Party at the young age of 18, when he also began a lifetime of active trades unionism.   He was […]

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Nicholas Peter

Peter Nicholas Born in Worcester in 1914, he began work at the age of fourteen at the Star Motor Company and gained skills as a universal grinder. In 1943, he became a member of the […]

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Bart Lionel

Lionel Bart Born on 1st. August 1930, this surname of this famous British composer, playwright, and lyricist was originally Begleiter. He was the youngest of seven surviving children of a Jewish family in the East […]