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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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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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Hardy George

  A brief biography of George Hardy by Graham Stevenson additions and corrections welcomed: info@grahamstevenson.me.uk   Born in 1885, Hardy joined the Communist Party in 1921 and was a member of the central committee during the […]

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Douglas Fred

  Fred Douglas Douglas was a prominent Communist from Edinburgh and the assistant secretary of the National Unemployed Workers' Committee Movement in the early 20s. He posed questions for the movement in an article in […]

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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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Coe “Peter”

`Peter' Coe was born Percy Newbold Coe in Kingston, Surrey, in 1919, the eldest child of Violet (née Newbold) and Percy Coe Sr. Percy Coe had a younger brother, Peter, who died in infancy in […]

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Dignam Mark

Mark Dignam Dignam was born on the 20th March 1909, the son of salesman in the steel industry in Sheffield. He was educated at the Jesuit College where he appeared in numerous Shakespearean plays. Although […]

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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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Clarke Bill

  A brief biography of Bill Clarke  by Graham Stevenson additions and corrections welcomed: info@grahamstevenson.me.uk   William Lawrie Clarke Born in March 1897, a native of St Ives, his family left for Barry, South Wales, […]

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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 […]