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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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Baecker Angela

Angela Baecker Born on 8th October 1946 as Angela Stolz,  Baecker came from Hamburg and was a member of the German Communist Party (DKP). When she moved to Nottingham in 1978, she joined the British […]

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Baker Bert

Bert Baker Bert Baker’s long association with the Daily Worker began in 1940, as the editor’s secretary and then, when the ban on publication ended, for a short time as a reporter. In 1940, Bert was […]

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Baker Betty

Betty Baker Betty was born on July 14 1921 in Hackney to Charles and Holly Franklin; having an older brother, Charlie, and two younger sisters, Stella and Olive. She worked at the Daily Worker, at […]

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Baker Glen

Glen Baker An active Communist from around the age of 16 years of age, Glen Baker was born in Ipswich and became the YCL branch secretary there. In 1972, he moved to London, joining the […]

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Baker Isabel

Isabel Baker Born on January 26th 1909 as Isabella Woodhill Potts, to a father who was a joiner and later an engineering turner and a mother who was a home-maker.  The family was living in Mitcham, […]

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Barzey Jimmy

Jimmy Barzey   Jimmy Barzey was born on the small Caribbean island of Montserrat in around 1940.   He joined the Communist Party and became a well-known activist on his home patch in Southall, West London, becoming branch […]

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Ball Billy

Billy Ball William Ball was born in Reading in 1915. His father, Henry Ball, ran a chemist shop in Oxford Road and lived in Clifton Park Road, Caversham. The young Billy went to Reading School where he […]

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Bamber Mary

Mary Bamber   Mary 'Ma' Bamber was born Mary Little in Edinburgh in 1874.   Her mother Margaret worked hard as a char lady and in other work to support her family, almost becoming destitute […]

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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 […]