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Dorothy Diamond

Dorothy Diamond   Dorothy Diamond was born on 23rd February 1909 in a village in Kent. Her father was a clerk and Dorthoy attended the local grammar school. She spent four years at University of […]

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Devine Pat (Snr)

Pat Devine Article by Gloria Findlay in `Scottish Marxist’ 1998/1999   Pat Devine was born November 22nd 1898 in Motherwell, the eldest of eight children and four orphaned cousins, he left school at 13 to go down […]

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Devine Pat (Junior)

Pat Devine (Junior) Born in 1937, he was a YCL branch secretary in Ilford, north London in the 1950s. The child of communist parents, he recalls that his mother “would sing me revolutionary songs in […]

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Degnan Tommy

Tommy Degnan Born in 1897, Tommy Degnan began work in the pit at Wigan at the age of 13, he immediately joined the Lancashire Miners Federation of which he remained a member until 1922. He […]

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Deakin Fanny

Fanny Deakin Born on 2nd December 1883, Fanny Deakin spent her early years at her parent’s farm on Farmers Bank, Silverdale, a mining village near Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire. One of the first branches of the Social Democratic Federation (SDF) was established at Silverdale […]

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Davis Walter

Walter Davis A member of the Young Communist League’s National Committee, or executive, in the 1940s and early 1950s, Walter Davies was the holder of the Distinguished Service Cross. It may be that he was […]

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Davies Louie

Louie Davies A colourful and charismatic individual, Louie Davies was – along with her husband Bob – an active Lancashire Communist from the 1920s, especially during the General Strike and during the unemployed struggles of […]

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Davies Hugh Sykes

Hugh Sykes Davies Davies, born in Yorkshire in 1909, was an English poet, novelist and Communist who was one of a small group of 1930s British surrealists. He was a student at Cambridge University, where […]

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Davis Arthur

 Arthur Davis Arthur Davis was a member of Hayes Communist Party, in West Middlesex, a leading member in the printers’ Anti-Fascist Movement and the public relations officer for the Hayes Anglo-Soviet Committee. He served in […]

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Dalziel Bob

Bob Dalziel Bob Dalziel, sometimes Rob, was a foundryman, and later an official of his union.   A long-time party member, he was secretary of Ilford Trades Council.     Paddy Apling (see separate entry) in a […]