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Gilchrist Jane

Jane Gilchrist Jane Gilchrist was a lifelong campaigner for socialism, and for homeopathy on the NHS. She was born Jane Valentine on 22 April 1913, the 6th of 8 children in a moderately well off middle […]

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Kunes Hilda

Hilda Kunes An active Communist Party member in the early 1950, Hilda Kunes was elected to the Communist Party’s national executive committee in 1954 at the 23rd Congress. She was one of seven women elected […]

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Rose Margaret

Margaret Rose Having joined the Communist Party in 1951, Margaret Rose become the long-term Area Secretary in Aberdeen, for much of the time as a part-time worker. She was especially devoted to building Communist Party […]

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Weiss Manny

Manny Weiss Manny Weiss's father, Morris Weiss, was born into a Jewish family, settled in Botosani in north-eastern Romania, in about 1890. Morris's father married Rachel die Weiss (sometimes Rebecca die Weiss) who was so […]

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Clarke William Lawrie

William Lawrie Clarke Born in March 1897, a native of St Ives, his family left for Barry, South Wales, to find work.  In turn, Clarke worked for Great Western Railways, joining ASLEF in 1912. Like […]

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Meredith Kit

Kit Meredith   Christopher (Chris or Kit) Meredith was probably born in 1900 and worked as an administrative worker and a university lecturer. He served in the 1st Air Formation Signals in Italy from 1944-1946; […]

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Barbour James Cllr

James Barbour     James Barbour was born around 1893 and served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the First World War. He was first elected as a Communist Councillor in Perth, Scotland, in […]

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Bowden John

John Bowden John Bowden was born on May 4th 1929 at Woking Maternity Home in Surrey to Edith and Sydney Bowden. He had an elementary education but had a natural flair for literacy and was […]

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Brown Arthur

Arthur Brown Arthur Frederick James Brown was born on November 30th 1914 in Cardiff. He went from Barry grammar school in 1932 to read greats at St John's College, Oxford, where he joined the Communist […]