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O’Donnell Dennis

Dennis O'Donnell   Born in 1916, O'Donnell was elected as a Communist councillor for Bilston New Town ward in May 1956. Then living at 3 Rainbow Street Coseley, he was an active member of the […]

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Gibson Les

Les Gibson Gibson was born in Fulham in September, 1913 and left school at 14, in 1927, and for the next seven years he prepared wild fowl in a department store, Barkers of Kensington, where […]

Communist history

The ETU and the Communist Party

Dedication:To those Communists of integrity and honesty, loyal to their union, who were falsely accused of fraud against it.   Thanks to Bob Carr and Larry Braithwaite, Communist veterans of the ETU, for their invaluable assistance. […]

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John Evan

Evan John   By Darien Jay:  Great Grandson My great-grandfather, Evan David John was born on 15th June 1909, the son of Phillip and Eleanor John (née Davies), in Pontardawe, where he lived his whole […]

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Stubbs Dick

Dick Stubbs Richard Stubbs was born in April 1909 to a mother who was a former Belfast mill worker. His father was a Lancashire tin smith father, who moved the family to Cheltenham sto seek […]

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Freeman John

John Freeman   John Freeman was born in 1934 between the Shankill and Crumlin Roads. In the late 50s, he found work in Australia before returning home to Northern Ireland in the following decade. He […]

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Elliott Lon

Lon Elliott Born in 1911, Elliott married Kathleen and they both managed the McLaren’s Books in Cambridge, as a Communist-run bookshop for the wider left. Lon went to Spain to serve with the International Brigade. Whilst […]


Deakin Joe

Joe Deakin Joseph Thomas Deakin was born on August 11th, 1858 in Wednesbury, Staffordshire, the son of Charles, a blacksmith, and Marie, nee Middleton. He left school at the age of 12 to work for […]

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Lowe Tom

Tom Lowe Born in 1883 in Belfast, Tom Lowe’s father was a member of the Social Democratic Federation (SDF). He was apprenticed as a skilled iron-moulder, or foundry worker, in Lancashire and later blacklisted for […]