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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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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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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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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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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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Abraham Phil

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 with the […]

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Dingley Tom

Tom Dingley Dingley was a leader of Coventry Socialist Labour Party (SLP) before the formation of the Communist Party, which he joined from the start in 1920. He had syndicalist leanings and was a confidante […]

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Gilmore Jimmy

J R Gilmore   James R Gilmore was born in Cheapside, Birmingham, on March 16th 1914 to working class parents, his father being a wood-working machinist. The sixth child of nine, he went to an […]

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Tayler Barbara

Barbara Tayler Born Barbara Samson in London, she came from a close Jewish family of uncles, aunts and cousins. After a peripatetic early education, she graduated in maths and philosophy from Bedford College. Her father […]