Platt, Laurence

Born David Laurence Platt in 1950 to George and Winfred (nee Haigh), a couple from Huddersfield, who were then living in Melton Mowbray, Laurence’s roots were always firmly planted in what used to be called […]


Barrington, Hanna

By Helen Braunholtz Smith, reprinted from the Guardian 26 June 2019 Hanna Barrington, Battersea’s ‘empress of Habsburg’, fled the Nazis and set up a Viennese wine bar in London. My friend Hanna Barrington has died […]

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Gurney, Ronald

Ronald Gurney Ronald Wilfred (or Wilfrid) Gurney was born in 1898 in Cheltenham. He became a theoretical physicist as a pupil of William Lawrence Bragg at the Victoria University of Manchester during the 1920s, where […]

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Gunson, Madge

Madge Gunson was an ardent trade unionist, born in 1898. When she was 11 years’ old, her parents joined the British Socialist Party and Madge began attending the North West Ham Socialist Sunday School, “for […]


Dubowski, Ben

Ben Dubowski During the First World War, Ben Dubowski was imprisoned as a conscientious objector. He then devoted himself to organising clothing workers in East London, and for a number of years was secretary of […]


Chambers Leslie

Leslie Chambers Known as `Tec’ Chambers, he was a very well-known Communist Party member in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, for a decade from the mid-1930s. He lived, long term, in Banks Road, from where he had helped […]

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Birmingham Communists in action in the 1930s

From “the Lucas girls’ joy” to “we won’t pay” – the fight against Bedaux to the rent strike: Birmingham Communists in action in the 1930s                Graham Stevenson   The 1930s saw, across the country […]