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Evans George Ewart

George Ewart Evans Born on 1st April 1909 in Abercynon, a coal-mining village north of Cardiff, Evans was one of a family of eleven to Welsh-speaking parents, His father was William Evans and mother, Janet, […]

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Follis Eddy

Eddy Follis Born in 1905, Follis travelled around America in the 1920s and 30s, riding the rails, acting in silent movies and ending up in New York in the depths of the recession.  Returning to Britain, […]

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Day-Lewis Cecil

Cecil Day-Lewis Day-Lewis was born on 27th April 1904 in Ballintubbert, Stradbally, in southern Ireland, the son of a member of the clergy. After the death of his mother in 1906, he was brought up […]

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Taylor A E

 A E Taylor  A member of a large family with Labour-supporting parents, and a father who was a toolmaker.  At 13, he started a half-time job, to help out at home, and at the age […]

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Warner Sylvia Townsend

Sylvia Townsend Warner Born in 1893, Sylvia was the only child of one of Harrow School’s housemasters, the brilliant George Townsend Warner and his wife, Nora. An accomplished musician, only the outbreak of War in […]

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Zak Bill

Bill Zak Born Nivose William F Zak in Hendon, then in Middlesex, in 1906, Zak was a leading Communist in the London district of the Party as well as being a furnishing trades union activist […]

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Hitchens Gilbert

Gilbert Hitchings   A native of Bristol, he joined the Communist Party in 1928. He became very prominent in the marches of the unemployed from South Wales through Bristol to London in the 1920s and […]

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Grandjean Duke

Duke Grandjean Alfred Frederick Grandjean was born 30 December 1899 in Paradise Street, Lambeth. There was no birth certificate issued for some reason, I suspect his parents weren't married at the time. From the age […]

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Brennan Irene

Irene Brennan Brennan was one of two twin sisters from Ireland (the other was Mary) who, having become nuns in Roman Catholic orders in their youth were attracted to Marxism by liberation theology and eventually […]

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Abraham Phil

Phil Abraham The secretary of the Nantyglo branch of the National Unemployed Workers Movement, Abraham was effectively the local leader of the unemployed. He reckoned that around 60% of the unemployed in Blaina were associated […]