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Dean Frances

France Dean Being born in 1917, she joined the Labour League of Youth in 1938 but quickly gravitated towards the Young Communist League and then the Communist Party in 1941.  Frances Dean was a shop […]

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Dowd Jimmy

Jimmy Dowd Born in 1921 (by his own account), Dowd was demobbed early in the war and became heavily politicised when he made engine parts for aeroplanes in the war at Ford’s Barton Bridge, Manchester, […]

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Darke Bob

Bob Darke   A bus conductor who joined the Party at the age of 22, Darke is most known as the former elected Hackney borough councillor for the Communist Party, who turned on the Party. […]

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Duncan Bill

Bill Duncan Born around 1903, Duncan joined the Communist Party in 1922 in Scotland and become a full-time worker for the Young Communist League. He was sent by the Party to the International Lenin School […]

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Dare Eddie

Eddie Dare Born Edwin Hornsby Dare on 8th August 1919, he was the eldest of seven siblings. Suffering from polio as a child, Eddie also experienced the tragedy of a brother’s suicide.   Following a Devonshire […]

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Devine Frieda

Frieda Devine   Frieda Maria Truhar was born on August 4th 1911 in Pittsburgh to a Croatian immigrant couple of Catholic background who had become firm socialists, her father being a steel worker.   She […]

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Darley Peggy

Peggy Darley   Born Peggy McBride in Belfast, she came from a large working-class family. At Gallaher's cigarette factory, she became a shop steward and eventually joined the Communist Party of Ireland, where she met […]

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Darnton Christian

Christian Darnton   Christian Philip Christian Darnton was born near Leeds on 30th October 1905. The family had been ennobled to a Barony of the Holy Roman Empire in 1715 and were related to two […]

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Douglas J J

  J J Douglas Douglas was the Communist Party’s candidate for Morpeth Northumberland in November 1932. He was the only candidate in his election address to mention the then new "Means Test" unemployment Benefit. Yet some […]

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Dutson Bill

Bill Dutson William Dutson was born in Clayton, Manchester in 1899; his mother was a tailoress and keen trade unionist, who encouraged her son to read. His father secured a job in Ayrshire, Scotland, then […]