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Henderson Stan

Stan Henderson Stan Henderson was called up to the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment on June 20th 1940. Travelling with him to Bedford was Wally Buller. Both were members of the Watford Communist Party and active […]

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Hayball Ted

Ted (Edward) Hayball     Ted Hayball was born in Bristol, the son of a sergeant major in the Royal Gloucestershire Regiment. After his father was killed in Mesopotamia (now Iraq) in 1917, his mother […]

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Gilbert Esther

Esther Gilbert Esther Gilbert was one of the many unsung heroines of the British Communist Party. She was sufficiently respected to be described by her fellow comrades in the Clapton (Hackney) Communist Party as: "A […]

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Freeman Bill

Bill Freeman was from a Communist family and a noted leader of print workers in the 1970s and 80s. His father, also Bill Freeman (1911-1986), was a veteran Communist and member of NATSOPA and SOGAT London […]

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Dickman Terry

Terry Dickman Dickman was a prominent member of the Young Communist League in the years prior to the Second World War and a star seller of its journal, `Challenge’ from when it first appeared in […]

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Dennison Les

Les Dennison   Born as an illegitmate baby in London on 19th June 1915 as Leslie Wiilet Brannen. He never knew his wealthy father who lived in Mayfair. When he was six months old, his mother […]

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Cohen Hymie

Hymie Cohen Cohen was a Londoner and life-long member of the Communist Party, He worked in the clothing industry for over forty years and was a trade union activist all that time. He was a […]

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Buckley Roy

  Buckley joined the Communist Party in 1943 when he was 17 years old and serving an engineering apprenticeship at Rolls-Royce in Derby. As he puts it: "It was on the night shift," he recalls, "- […]

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Brown George

George Brown George’s parents, Frances Brown and Mary Lackey, migrated from Kilkenny to Manchester in the closing years of the 19th century and married there in May 1897. The fourth child in the family, like […]

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Allen Bob

  Bob Allen Originally an activist in the Nottingham Young Communist League, Allen was involved in the late 60s in a stunt that saw the flag of the Vietnamese National Liberation Front hauled up Nottingham castle. Within […]