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Watson Harry

  Harry Watson Harry Watson was born in 1907 in Poplar. He moved to Canning Town in 1911 and lived there until 1931, when, he moved with his family to Southend. He was a lighterman […]

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Elliott Lon

  Lon Elliott Born in 1911, he married Kathleen and they both managed the McLarens Books in Cambridge, a kind of Communist run Left bookshop. Lon went to Spain to serve with the International Brigade. Whilst […]

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Elias Gertrude

A brief biography of Gertrude Elias by Graham Stevenson: info@grahamstevenson.me.uk Gertrude was born on November 5th 1913 in Vienna, then the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Her father was a left-wing Jewish lawyer who took on the […]

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Cole, Max and Dorothy

  Max and Dorothy (née Barnard later Wedderburn) Cole   Dorothy Enid Barnard was born on 18th September 1925 as in Walthamstow, north-east London, the youngest child of Frederick Barnard, a class-conscious trade unionist carpenter […]

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Abley Tom

Tom Abley Tom Abley was an engineering worker and union convenor of shop stewards at the Sunbeam Talbort factory at Acton, West London. A key union organiser at the factory, he led the opposition to […]

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Corum Alf & Evelyn

Alf Corum Born in 1890, Alf Corum was from a musical family, although his father (also Alfred) was a bookseller’s assistant. His mother’s father had been the assistant stage manager at Drury Lane Theatre and […]

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Garnett Jim

Jim Garnett Jim (James) Garnett was, according to his nephew, “more or less” a founder member of the Communist Party. Born in 1894, he became a major figure during the Lancashire cotton strikes of the […]