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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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 […]


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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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 […]


Donnelly John

John Donnelly John Joseph Donnelly was one of the most prominent early Communists in Motherwell, Scotland, having joined the Party in April 1921. He was the proposer, agent and key adviser to J T Walton […]


Davies Dai Coity

Dai Coity Davies spent his entire life in the mining industry of South Wales, firstly as an underground worker at Wern Tarw (Pencoed), then as a full time official of the Wales area of the […]


Fenn Micky

  Micky Fenn Born on January 11th 1938, Michael Fenn would become of the core group of leading shop stewards in the Royal Group of Docks, which famously had “Arise Ye Workers” emblazoned on its […]

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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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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, […]