Ball Billy

William Ball was born in Reading in 1915. His father, Henry Ball, ran a chemist shop in Oxford Road and lived in Clifton Park Road, Caversham. The young Billy went to Reading School where he had […]

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Potts Jim

Jim Potts T J Potts was a leading trades unionist and Communist amongst draughtsmen in Derby’s Rolls Royce factories from, at least, the early days of the Second World War until the early 1960s. He […]


Dean Frances

France Dean Being born in 1917, she joined the Labour League of Youth in 1938 but quickly gravitated towards the Young Communist League and then the Communist Party in 1941.  Frances Dean was a shop […]


Dowd Jimmy

Jimmy Dowd Born in 1921 (by his own account), Dowd was demobbed early in the war and became heavily politicised when he made engine parts for aeroplanes in the war at Ford’s Barton Bridge, Manchester, […]

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Trory Ernie

Ernie Trory Ernie Trory was born in Fulham in London in 1913 but moved to Brighton at the early age seven for health reasons. He was educated at the local grammar school and at Ardingly College. […]

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Morely Iris

Iris Morley (Jacob) Iris Vivienne Morley was born on the 10th May 1910 at Carshalton, Surrey, the daughter of Colonel Lyddon Charteris Morley CBE and Gladys Vivienne Charteris Braddell. She studied at RADA and appeared […]


Cooper Charles

Charles Cooper Born on June 5th 1910 in London’s East End, the ninth and youngest child of a kosher butcher from the Ukraine (the family name was Gralnick), Charles left school at 14 to follow […]

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Weiss Rita

Rita Weiss Born on October 4th in 1921 into a Jewish family in the East End of London, Rita Weiss spent her whole life organising, nurturing, networking and encouraging. Through her many years as a teacher, […]