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Ward Bert

Bert Ward Bert Ward was born around 1923 and left school at 15 and for the following two decades he undertook a variety of solid working class occupations; first in the Navy, then at a […]

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Turner John

John Turner  Born around 1915, John Turner was involved in anti-fascist activity in the east end of London in the 1930s, including being at the Battle of Cable Street. Like so many, this led to […]

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Scott Joe

Joe Scott Scott was a member of the Central Committee elected at the Eleventh Party Congress in December 1929. He had become a significant figure in the five-year old National Minority Movement, which campaigned for […]

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Wardman Gordon

Gordon Wardman   Born in 1947 in Newcastle, the son of a postman, Wardman read English at Oxford. He became a full-time worker for the Communist Party in West Yorkshire for five years.   He […]

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Watters George

George Watters Watters (the shorter man in the picture – incidentally, no known close relation to Frank Watters, – see separate entry) was a Scots miner from Prestonpans, near Edinburgh, born on 26th September 1904. […]

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Watts Alan

Alan Watts Watts was the former North West District and Merseyside Communist Party Chair, tragically killed at a very young age in 1975. A memorial day was organised in recognition of his life, which included […]

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Shapiro Michael

Michael Shapiro Michael Shapiro was born in East London and won a scholarship, which enabled him to take a B.Sc. (Econ) degree at London University. Shapiro joined the Communist Party in 1934, and was a […]

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Weston Reg

Reg Weston Reg Weston was born in 1913 at Stamford Hill, Hackney, London and left school at 15 to work as a trainee reporter in Fleet Street and went on to have a lifelong career […]

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Wheeldon Alice

Alice Wheeldon Although Alice Wheeldon actually died before the Communist Party was technically formed, she deserves to belong to a Compendium of Communist biographies simply by virtue of what became of her. There seems little […]

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Shields Jimmy

Jimmy Shields Jimmy Shields was born in January 1900 in Greenock, Scotland, of Irish parents and joined the Communist Party in 1921. He spent the rest of his life as an absolutely dedicated Communist, dying […]