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Garner Ray and Alan

 Ray and Alan Garner   Ray Garner and his identical twin brother Alan were born fifteen minutes apart on the 5th June 1929 at the Bath Road Nursing Home, Wolverhampton. They were easily distinguishable to […]

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Wayne Wolf

Wolf Wayne   Wayne was brought up in a working class London household. Having studied history at university, he became an adult education lecturer later in life.   Wolf served in the armed forces during […]

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MacLaurin Griff

 Griff MacLaurin Griffith Campbell MacLaurin was a New Zealander who became a Communist in Britain and died fighting in Spain in 1936. MacLaurin – or Mac to his friends – and his family lived in Remuera, […]

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Hatt Doris

 Doris Hatt   Born in 1890 in Bath, the Communist artist, Doris Brabham Hatt trained in Vienna and became a painter, designer and printmaker. She studied at the School of Art in Bath, then at […]

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Gilman Anne

  Anne Gilman Anne Gilman was one of three children raised in New Zealand by an Irish emigrant mother and a British emigrant railway worker father. There, she won a scholarship to the University of Canterbury, […]

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Coleman Doug

 W L (Doug) Coleman   Doug Coleman pictured in 1988) was probably born in London in 1918 and joined the Communist Party as a very young man in 1935. It is believed that he was active […]

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Weddell Bob

 Bob Weddell Bob Weddell, almost certainly born in 1913, was a leading member of Edinburgh Young Communist League (YCL) from when he joined in 1936. He was secretary of the Youth Food Ship Committee that […]

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Mankowitz Wolf

 Wolf Mankowitz Born Cyril Wolf Mankowitz on 7th November 1924 in Bethnal Green, he was educated at East Ham Grammar School. His father, Solomon Mankowitz, was an émigré Russian Jewish immigrant. Being a second-hand book dealer, […]

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Hall Albert

Albert Hall Born in Leicester in 1907, Albert Hall was educated at the former Milton Street Board School before starting a five-year apprenticeship with a local wood working firm. In the late 1920s, he managed […]