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Jones Wally

Wally Jones Jones grew up in Stepney, roaming the back streets and alleys of Wapping. He became a London docker at the Royal Docks, rising to become Chairman of the London Dockers’ Liaison committee. He […]

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Killen Jack

Jack Killen A long-term Bradford Communist and activist in the TGWU bus workers branch. Under the rule which became operative in 1950, he was debarred as a member of the Communist Party from holding office […]

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Wynn Archie

Archie Wynn Wynn was the Communist president of Derby’s Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions (CSEU) in the mid-1950. He was for a very long time, until retirement in the 1970s, the convenor of Derby’s […]

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Thompson Frank

Frank Thompson Born in 1920, William "Frank" Thompson’s father was Edward Thompson Senior, a novelist, historian, and particular friend and supporter of an independent India. His younger brother, also Edward, was the well-known socialist historian, […]

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Dutson Bill

Bill Dutson William Dutson was born in Clayton, Manchester in 1899; his mother was a tailoress and keen trade unionist, who encouraged her son to read. His father secured a job in Ayrshire, Scotland, then […]

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Collins Enoch

  Enoch Collins Collins was a long-standing Communist Party member in Llanelli, South Wales, from at least the 1930s. A tinplate worker, such was the intensity of the depression, especially victimisation of militants, that at one […]

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Campbell Bill

Bill Campbell Bill Campbell was the son of J R Campbell, an iconic figure in the British Communist Party. As a teenager at the height of the depression, Bill Campbell left Britain and took a […]

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Eddisford Vic

 Vic Eddisford   Eddisford was a leading member of the Young Communist League in his youth and came from Manchester. He is pictured here in 1950.  He was a long-time full time official for the Communist […]

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Barnsby George

George Barnsby George J Barnsby was born in Battersea, south London in 1919. His father, also George Barnsby, died of influenza in 1922, when his oldest son, the boy George was three years old – […]

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Hughes John

John Hughes Hughes came from Fleetwood, Lancashire. He was a long-time Communist Party member, AEU shop Steward, AEU district committee member, and an amateur musician. Hughes died on 1st December 2006 aged 93. Source Morning […]