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Kelly Luke

  Luke Kelly Luke Kelly was born on November 17th 1940, only a quarter of a mile from Dublin's O'Connell Street. His father worked all his life in Jacobs biscuit factory and the entire family […]

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Frankel Sol

Sol Frankel Solomon Frankel was born on 31 March 1914, one of nine children, to Polish-Jewish parents in Whitechapel. London. He left school at 14 and worked as a tailor in East End sweatshops.  By […]

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Tate Betty

  Betty Tate Pic: In the president's chair at the OxfordUnionin 1934 Betty Tate was the eldest of four children. From 1931, she read history at OxfordUniversity, where she joined the Communist Party. In 1934, […]

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Paddock Sam

  Sam Paddock Sam Paddock was a Rhondda miner and a Communist. He took part in the Rhondda unemployed march to the TUC, when it was held in Bristol in 1931. Sam's wife Nellie recalled the 1945 General […]

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Keating Jack

  Jack Keating by Tommy Mooney: John Francis Keating was born on 26th October 1899 in Ballyragget,   Co.Kilkenny, Ireland. He joined the Irish Volunteers in 1914 and succumbed, with thousands of other young Irishmen, to […]

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Frankel Ben

Ben Frankel Benjamin Frankel was born in London on 31st January 1906. His parents met and married in England but were both immigrants. His father, Charles Frankel, had come from Warsaw, after completing military service […]

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Thompson Les

  Les Thompson Born in Jarrow, Thompson was a submariner in World War Two, escorting Soviet shipping convoys to Murmansk. A life-long Communist, he was an active trades unionist in the post-war period, becoming AEU […]

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Kane Mick

Mick Kane Kane was the brother of Jock Kane and uncle to Bridget Jones (see separate entries), and he was also a Communist and a miners’ leader. Pic: Mick Kane is in the centre of […]

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Tomkinson Ernie

  Ernie Tomkinson Ernest Tomkinson was an engineering worker and member of the ASE, and later the AEU, in Openshaw No. 12 Branch. He was a member of the Openshaw Socialist Society, established in 1906 […]

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Knowles Chris

Chris Knowles Frank Spittle write: Chris Knowles was a labourer who worked in my father’s factory many years ago. During those terrible times of the 1930s, when work could not be found near one’s home, […]