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Paul Eden

Eden Paul   Born Maurice Eden Paul in 1865 in Dorset, he was the younger son of the publisher Charles Kegan Paul.   A medical doctor, Eden Paul was educated at University College London and […]

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Paul Cedar

Cedar Paul   Cedar Paul was born Gertrude Mary Davenport, the daughter of the composer Francis William Davenport (1847-1925). She was also the grand-daughter of the composer George Alexander Macfarren. Educated at convent schools in […]

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Sims Tom

Tom Sims   Thomas, or `Tom’ Sims was a Dulwich (South London) founding member of the Communist Party.   His wife was Winifred Sims, father of Joan and Hylda Sims.   He worked closely with […]

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Huffingley Ron & Beryl

Ron and Beryl Huffinley The Huffinley couple were long-term Communist activists in Yorkshire.   Beryl Huffinley was a full-time Yorkshire Communist Party organiser for a period in the mid 1960s.   Very active for years in […]

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Starr Mark

Mark Starr   Starr was born on 27th April 1894, one of five children, in Shoscombe, Wellow, North East Somerset to William, a Free Methodist coal miner variously described in the census later as a hitcher and earlier […]

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Gibbons Charlie

Charlie Gibbons   Born Charles Leonard Gibbons on November 23rd 1888, he was a protégé of Noah Ablett, co-author of `The Miners’ Next Step’. Gibbons was a member of the Unofficial Reform Committee and the […]

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Halverson Ron

Ron Halverson   Halverson was an active member of the Amalgamated Union of Engineers (AEU) and a long-term Communist Party activist.   The President of Hatfield & Welwyn Garden district committee of the AEU from […]

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Stevens Bernard

Bernard Stevens   Born Bernard George Stevens in London on 2nd March 1916, Stevens studied English and Music at the University of Cambridge, where it is believed he first joined the Communist Party.  During this […]

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Bellamy Joan

 Joan Bellamy Born Joan Shaw she joined the Communist Party in or around 1945. In 1953, she married fellow-Communist, Ron Bellamy (see separate entry). During this period, Joan worked full-time for the Communist Party. She […]

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Giles Winifred

Winifred Giles   Giles was a Communist journalist and the editor of the Women's Page in the Sunday Worker.   Giles frequently used the political pen name of Florence Parker.   She died very suddenly […]