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Encyclopedia of Communist Biographies

Alley, Surat

Surat Alley was the British representative of the All-India Seamen’s Federation (AISF), who led a wave of strikes in 1939 and 1940 in British ports of Indian seafarers, when, despite repeated jailings, mass desertions by […]

Encyclopedia of Communist Biographies

Atienza, Tony

Tony Atienza Full name Anthony David Atienza and born in Lambeth on 2 October 1921, he was the son of a Spanish bank clerk whose ancestors had been Spanish army officers. By 1939, the family […]

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Ainsworth Bill

Bill Ainsworth W S Ainsworth was born on 17 January 1917 in Birmingham to William and Emily Ainsworth. Young Bill met his wife Gwen met at a Young Communist League camp in 1935 – probably […]

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Avis Peter

Peter Avis Avis began working for the Observer in the 1960s and was with it on an off until 2003. In the 1970s he was a reporter for the Morning Star, becoming its diplomatic correspondent. […]

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Ashberry Gordon

Gordon Ashberry Ashberry was born on December 16th 1923 and became a skilled engineering worker and a member of the Communist Party in Sheffield.    He married in September 1956. Ashberry was candidate in the […]

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Atkinson Eric

Eric Atkinson: Atkinson was born on March 26th 1928 in the small village of Uphall Station, West Lothian, Scotland. It was this harsh climate that shaped the young Eric’s worldview during the 30s and 40s, which […]

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Abbott Bill

Bill Abbott   Born in Ancoats, Manchester in 1905, Abbott became an apprentice pattern-maker at a firm of wire manufacturers at the age of fourteen. He worked there for eight years, from 1919-27, until he […]

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Ashleigh Charles

Charles Ashleigh   Ashleigh (left, speaking at the funerals of three martyred Wobblies in the USA) was already interested in radical politics when he emigrated from Britain to Argentina as a very young man in […]

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Adams Dorothy

 Dorothy M. Adams During the 1930s, Dorothy Adams was a teacher at Collegiate Girls Grammar School in Leicester. She joined the Communist Party in 1935, but took a low profile because she was a teacher.  Even […]

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Abraham Phil

The secretary of the Nantyglo branch of the National Unemployed Workers Movement, Abraham was effectively the local leader of the unemployed. He reckoned that around 60% of the unemployed in Blaina were associated with the […]