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James KIm

Kim James Born in the 1920s, Kim James was a modern renaissance man all to himself.  He served in the 3rd Royal Tank Regiment during the Second World War when he joined the Communist Party. He […]

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Jack John

John Jack John Jack moved to Tumble from Llanfyrnach to work in the pits, beginning as a labourer.   He was already much influenced politically by involvement in trade unionism when he was conscripted in World […]

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Bernal J D

J D Bernal John Desmond Bernal was born in Nenagh, County Tipperary, Ireland, on 10th May 1901. In early life, his family called him `Desmond’ but, throughout his adult life he was widely referred to, […]

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Greenwood Ernie

  The abiding memory of Ernie Greenwood, who died aged 82, is that his anecdotes concerning people or incidents invariably ended with an astute aside accompanied by a deep chuckle, his huge frame gently shaking.    […]

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Gersham J(ohn)

J(ohn) Gersham In the late 1930s and early 1940s, J(ohn?) Gersham was the Cheetham branch secretary of the Communist Party, which held its meetings at 141 Waterloo Road, above Syd Abram’s Garage.    Amongst many […]

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Gaughan Dick

Dick Gaughan Born Richard Peter Gaughan on 17th May 1948, Dick Gaughan is a Scottish musician, singer, and songwriter, who has been openly committed to the Communist cause.   Although he was born in Glasgow’s […]

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Diamond Dorothy

Dorothy Diamond Dorothy Diamond was born on February 23rd 1909 in a village in Kent. Her father was a clerk and Dorothy attended the local grammar school. She spent four years at University of London […]

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Davis Dave

Dave Davis  Born in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, Davis served in the Royal Navy on motor torpedo boats during the Second World War, when he joined the Communist Party. A qualified electrician, he worked in and around Cheltenham, before […]

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Davidson Madge

Madge Davidson Madge Davidson was an Irish Communist of great stature who achieved remarkable things in her short life of 41 years. In her teens, she took part in demonstrations against the American war in […]

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Cole Stan

  Stan Cole   Cole joined the Communist Party in the mid-1930s.   An engineering worker in Manchester, he became a member of the AEU North Manchester District Committee from the early 1950s.   He […]