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Allanson Jack

Jack Allanson   The first Communist President of the National Union of Students.   Jack Turner Allanson was born on December 30th 1919, near to Bury. Having won a scholarship to Bury Grammar School, this […]

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Allen Bob

  Bob Allen Originally an activist in the Nottingham Young Communist League, Allen was involved in the late 60s in a stunt that saw the flag of the Vietnamese National Liberation Front hauled up Nottingham castle. Within […]

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Avner Sid

Sid Avner Sidney Avner (picture left with moustache) was a Young Communist League (YCL) and Communist Party member from Upper Clapton, Hackney, London. He attended Davenant Foundation School and lived at at 55 Clapton Common. He […]

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Ashbee Felicity

Felicity Ashbee Felicity’s father, Charles Robert Ashbee, was an influential figure in the Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th century.  In his ‘Mile End Experiment’, he attempted to remake society – at least […]

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Amos Jack

Jack Amos Jack Amos led a life that confounded media images of Communist trade unionists as dour, single-minded party automatons. His quietly spoken, self-effacing demeanour masked a wickedly dry sense of humour and his post-meeting […]

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Adams Eddie

Eddie Adams Adams left school in 1951 and. By his own account, was a “bit of a rough neck” in his teenage years, being a member of the Moorhouse Boys gang. This recruited from former […]

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Aisbitt Tom

Tom Aisbitt Thomas Aisbitt was a veteran of the Newcastle-upon-Tyne Communist Party. He was a close friend of Dave Atkinson (see separate entry), a fellow Communist. Tom was a prominent member of the woodworkers union. […]

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Aitken George

George Aitken George Sutherland Aitken, an engineering worker by trade, attended the Lenin School Moscow in 1927 and a member of the Central Committee from 1931.  With the onset of fascism, and an increasing danger […]

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Aaronovitch Sam

Sam Aaronovitch   Aaronovitch was the second son of Lithuanian Jewish parents who fled to London in the early part of the 20th century. Born on December 26th 1919, in Stepney’s Cable Street, he left […]

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Abbott Dorothy

Dorothy Pauline Abbott (Knight) Born Norwich October 26th 1920, Dorothy Abbott (she later married and adopted the name Knight) was seconded by the Department of Overseas Trade to be employed as a shorthand typist to […]