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Leckie Jack

Jack Leckie John Villiers Leckie was a member of the Socialist Labour Party, born in Scotland of Irish extraction, he was a time-served engineering worker. He was the Chairman of the Communist Labour Party, a transitional body, […]

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Jenkins Clive

Clive Jenkins   David Clive Jenkinswas born on 2 May 1926 at Port Talbot in south Wales. Having left school at the age of fourteen to work in a metallurgical test house, he became a […]

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Gray Olga

  Olga Gray Born Olga Isabel Gray in Chorlton, Lancashire, now part of Manchester, in 1906, her father had been a night editor of the Daily Mail. This had adopted an overtly imperialist, far right […]

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Simpson Derek

Derek Simpson Simpson was born in Sheffield on the 23rd December 1944. An only child with an absent father, he attended Sheffield Central Technical School. He joined the Amalgamated Engineering Union (AEU) on becoming an […]

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Rees Duncan

Duncan Rees Born in 1953, Rees was a member of the Communist Party’s Peace Advisory committee from 1975. Anational council member of CND, he was an activist in Cardiff and Liverpool. Elected general secretary of […]

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Tait Thomas

Thomas Tait    Thomas Tait decided he was a socialist whilst serving in the forces during the Boer War, through reading the pamphlet, “What means this strike?” by American socialist, Daniel de Leon, who was […]

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Matthews Joseph

Joseph  Matthews   Born in 1895, Matthews joined the Communist Party in 1920. In the post second war era, he was an activist in the Worthing branch in the Sussex district of the Party.   […]

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McMinn Joan

Joan McMinn   Joan Paterson was a Communist Party activist who later married and adopted her husband’s name of McMinn, by which she was most known in Party circles.   She was for a long […]


Blockley Dennis

Denis Blockley Born in 1950, Blockley started work as a naval architect and a trade unionist in the Swan Hunter’s shipyard on the Tees. A member of the Young Communist League, he was presented with […]