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Bellamy Ron

Ron Bellamy Born in Sheffield in 1917, Ron Bellamy won scholarships to Bradford Grammar School and then to Queens College, Oxford, where he read Classical Greats from October 1936, although he switched to Politics, Philosophy […]

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Bellamy Joan

 Joan Bellamy       Born Joan Shaw she joined the Communist Party in or around 1945. In 1953, she married fellow-Communist, Ron Bellamy (see separate entry). During this period, Joan worked full-time for the […]

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Beney Fred

Fred Beney Born in 1922, he was inspired by the International Brigades in the mid-1930s and went on to join the Communist Party in his youth.    For much of his later years in employment, […]

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Bennet Max

Max Bennett Max used to rise about 4am and serve breakfasts at his cafe in the Old Market in Wolverhampton and after that spend the whole day in Communist activity. Max had inherited the cafe […]

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Bennett Don & Dusty

Don and Dusty Bennett Don Bennett, born in 1907, was a leading member of the Walsall Communist Party branch who, together with his brother 'Dusty', born Gordon but always known by his nick-name, were born […]

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Bennett Erna

 Erna Bennett   Erna Bennett, born in Derry, Ireland, in 1925, was one of the early pioneers of genetic conservation. After active service in the Second World War in the Middle East and Greece, she returned […]

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Bennett Mick

Mick Bennett Bennett was a precocious, yet senior, Young Communist League activist from his youth. He was subject to intense MI5 scrutiny from 1932, possibly for the rest of his life. This largely began as […]

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Benson Ernie

Ernie Benson The outstanding long-term organiser of the Communist Party during the 1930s to 1950s, in particular. In Ernie�s early days in Yorkshire, he found his first experience of political agitation when pushed to chair […]

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Bent Joe

Joe Bent Born Spencer John Bent, after his father (the name Joe being more of a nickname), he was a towering figure in Southwark community politics for a couple of decades in the 1950s and […]

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Berg Leila

Leila Berg She was born Leila Goller on 12th November 1917 into a Jewish family in Salford, Greater Manchester. Her doctor father refused to speak to her as she was growing up simply because she […]