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Wheeldon Will

Will Wheeldon The son of Alice Wheedon (see separate entry), Will Wheeldon was also an activist in the SLP. He was a teacher in Derby who was on the run as a conscientious objector when his mother […]

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Wilkins Maurice

    Maurice Wilkins Wilkins was born in 1916 in New Zealand of parents from Dublin but came to England at the age of six to be educated. He won a scholarship to King Edward's […]

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Williams Raymond

  Raymond Williams Born in 1921 in Llanfihangel Crucorney, near Abergavenny, Wales, Williams was the son of a railway worker. He was 14 when the Spanish Civil War broke out and joined a local Left […]

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Worsley Peter

Peter Worsley Peter Maurice Worsley was born on the 6th May 1924 into a middle-class Catholic family in Birkenhead. His father, who had been an infantry officer in the first world war, was an auctioneer […]

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Smith John Maynard

  John Maynard Smith Smith was born in 1920 to a well-off family; on leaving school, joined the Communist Party when he began an engineering degree at Trinity College Cambridge. He was an aeronautical engineer […]

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Shephard Bill

Bill was born to a working class family in Petts Wood, Kent. He spent his national service with the RAF in Malaya. He returned home in 1948 to a job in advertising and began attending […]

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Rosenthal Helen

  Helen Rosenthal Born in June 1949, of Jewish background, she was the daughter of Phyllis and Harold Rosenthal, the latter of which was an music critic, writer, lecturer, and broadcaster about opera and the […]

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Pocock Gerry

  Gerry Pocock Born in 1930, Pocock joined the Party in 1954 and worked as a proof-reader, being father-of-the-chapel (shop steward). A leading figure in the YCL during the 1950s, he was editor of “Challenge”. […]

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Julius Manny

Manny Julius Manny was born Emmanuel Nadelsticher on 25th May 1912 in Westcliff-on-Sea to Harry and Sophie Julius.  Harry's father's name had been Julius Nadelsticher but he eventually became known as Mr N Julius and […]

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Jeffreys Margot

  A brief biography of Margot Jefferys by Graham Stevenson info@grahamstevenson.me.uk Born as Margaret Davies in Madras, India on 1st November 1916, she started out as an economic historian, graduating in 1938 from the London […]