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Kiernan Victor

Victor Kiernan   Born Victor Gordon Kiernan in Manchester on 4th September 1913, his interest in languages was developed as a boy since his father worked for the Manchester Ship Canal as a translator of […]

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Poustie George

  George Poustie George Sangster Poustie was born on 24th June 1904 at 38 Crammond Street,Glasgow, the son of David Poustie and Elizabeth Jane McKenzie Sangster and the third of 6 siblings. (The family later lived at 11 Fleuchar […]

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Hicks Bill

  Bill Hicks Hicks was President of the Civil Service Clerical Association (CSCA) in 1947-1948. He joined the Communist Party during his presidency because, as he put it, he "found himself almost always voting on […]

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Coult Muriel

Muriel Coult Muriel Coult was an active member of the Civil Service Clerical Association (the union is today, along with other merging partners, part of PCS, the Public and Commercial Services Union. She was described in […]

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Mason Johnnie

  Johnnie Mason  John Mason, always known as `Johnnie’, was a shop steward and in the small town of Mexborough, near to Doncaster. When he was employed by the English Steel Corporation, Mason had helped […]

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McGaw Rhoda Cllr

  Rhoda McGaw Rhoda McGaw was an elected Communist Party councillor for Woking Urban District Council in the 1940s and early 50s. Surprisingly, she was not the only local councillor elected as a Communist. A member of […]

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Boswell James

James Boswell James Edward Buchanan Boswell was born on June 9th 1906 in Hokitika  (Westport), on New Zealand's South Island. His father was a Scottish-born schoolmaster, Edward Boswell; his New Zealander mother was Ida Fair. Jim […]

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Bloomfield Jon

  Jon Bloomfield Bloomfield was born in London in 1950 and read history at Cambridge University, where he appears to have first dallied with International Socialism, or what was to become the Socialist Workers Party, but then […]