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Ralph Johnny

Johnny Ralph Ralph was a champion cyclist and a committed Communist Party member. He was born on 6th October 1931 at Hammersmith hospital and his family lived locally in the Acton and Hammersmith area. His father […]

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Joss William

William Joss Willie (sometimes Bill in later years) Joss was a founder member of the Communist Party, born in 1879 in Scotland. He was won to Marxian socialism, especially on economics, by hearing William Gee […]

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Fineberg Joe

Joe Fineberg Joe Fineberg (sometimes Feinberg) was born in Poland in 1886. He became a prominent working class member of the British Socialist Party’s East of LondonJewish section, the “Jewish Social Democratic Organisation”, or JSDO. ) […]

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Thomas W J

  W J Thomas Thomas was a Communist Party member from Port Talbort, South Wales, who fought in the International Brigade in Spainagainst Franco's fascists. One year into the Second World War, in September 1940, […]

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Llewellyn Mavis

Welsh-speaking Councillor Mavis Llewellyn, of Nantymoel, Ogmore Vale, in South Wales, was an “orator almost unparalleled among the women of Britain”.   A teacher by profession, she had learned to become an Air Raid Precaution lecturer, […]


Ahern Tom

Tom Ahern Born in Ireland, Tom Ahern joined the Communist Party in the late 1930s and served in the armed forces in the Second World War. He was a member of the London District Committee […]

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Whalley Eric

Eric Whalley Born in 1914, the second son of Tom and Charlotte Whalley, at 31 George Street, Mansfield, Eric’s father was active in the Labour Party and his mother in the Co-operative movement. Eric began […]


Bradley Jim

  Jim Bradley J J W Bradley had been an SDF member but was more noted for being a founder member of Bethnal Green Labour Party, which remained closely linked to the Communist Party up […]


Birch Minnie

  Minnie Birch Communist Party activist and a member of the Workers Union, which later merged in to the TGWU. Minnie Birch stood as a Left Wing Movement candidate at the LCC elections of 1928 […]


Burns Elinor

  Elinor Burns Born in Sutton Bonnington, Loughborough, Elinor Burns (1887- 1978) was active in the labour movement from 1917 when she joined the Independent Labour Party (MI5 files KV2/1763). In the period immediately before […]