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Kahn Joe

Joe Kahn Joe Kahn was born on the 24th February 1916 in London to Russian-Jewish immigrants. He left school at 15 and worked in a number of jobs before becoming a warehouseman. He joined the […]

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Francis Ben

Ben Francis Ben Francis was born in South Wales in 1897 and, on leaving school, he worked in coal mining until he served in army in the First World War. He was gassed while serving […]

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Flannery Blanche

Blanche Flannery Blanche was born in 1921 as Blanche Howson. The family loved in Sheffield, where her mother was an office cleaner for a steel firm. The Howsons lived in John Street, Sheffield, which was […]

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Darley Peggy

Peggy Darley   Born Peggy McBride in Belfast, she came from a large working-class family. At Gallaher's cigarette factory, she became a shop steward and eventually joined the Communist Party of Ireland, where she met […]

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Kellher Bill

Bill Kellher   Kellher was a locally well-known Brodsworth miner who was a delegate to the Yorkshire Area Council of the NUM.   He lived at 17 Riveria Mount, Doncaster, and was a Communist council […]

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Rosser-Hicks Mary

Mary Rosser-Hicks   Mary Rosser was born in 1937 into a devout Roman Catholic family. Convent-educated, she moved in the late 1960s from Christian belief to Marxism, joining the Communist Party after being involved in […]

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Tuckett Joan

Joan Tuckett   Born in 1895, Joan was the sister of fellow Communist, Angela Tuckett (see separate entry).     Their aunt, Enid Stacy (1868-1903), had been active in progressive politics at the turn of […]

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Fairley John

John Fairley   Born in Kirkintilloch, near Glasgow, John was an outstanding pupil at the nearby Lenzie primary and Lenzie academy. He studied politics at Edinburgh University, where he joined the Communist Party, graduating from […]

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Darnton Christian

Christian Darnton   Christian Philip Christian Darnton was born near Leeds on 30th October 1905. The family had been ennobled to a Barony of the Holy Roman Empire in 1715 and were related to two […]

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Fyrth Jim

Jim Fyrth Jim Fyrth taught for many years at Birkbeck College, University of London, in its Department for Extra Mural Studies.   During the Second World War he served in the army, when he was […]