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Gray Olga

  Olga Gray Born Olga Isabel Gray in Chorlton, Lancashire, now part of Manchester, in 1906, her father had been a night editor of the Daily Mail. This had adopted an overtly imperialist, far right […]

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Grandjean Duke

Duke Grandjean Alfred Frederick Grandjean was born 30 December 1899 in Paradise Street, Lambeth. There was no birth certificate issued for some reason, I suspect his parents weren't married at the time. From the age […]

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Gilmore Jimmy

J R Gilmore   James R Gilmore was born in Cheapside, Birmingham, on March 16th 1914 to working class parents, his father being a wood-working machinist. The sixth child of nine, he went to an […]

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Gibson Percy

Percy Gibson Gibson was a Communist activist in Newcastle upon Tyne who, in 1925, was accused of an unlikely “plot to blow Newscastle Town Hall”, that was seemingly directly “inspired by Bolshevism”. Needless to say […]

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Gardner Jim

Jim Gardner A member of the Communist Party, Gardner was a leading official of the National Union of Foundry Workers (long since subsumed in the mergers that led to Unite the union *see below). Garner […]

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Graves Ken

Ken Graves Kenneth Graves was born in Birmingham into working class family on the 31st January 1923. His education was severely disrupted due to his father having to move around to get work.  The young Ken fully […]

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Gyseghem (van) Andre

 André van Gyseghem   was born on 18 August 1906 in Eltham, Kent, to Georges Emil van Gyseghem and his wife Minnie Evison (née Offord).  André went to school in Greenwich before studying drama at RADA. Although […]

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Greaves Walter

 Walter Greaves   Walter William Greaves was born in 1907 in what was then a village near Bradford. At the age of 14 his arm got so damaged in an accident that he had to have […]

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Garner Ray and Alan

 Ray and Alan Garner   Ray Garner and his identical twin brother Alan were born fifteen minutes apart on the 5th June 1929 at the Bath Road Nursing Home, Wolverhampton. They were easily distinguishable to […]

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Gilman Anne

  Anne Gilman Anne Gilman was one of three children raised in New Zealand by an Irish emigrant mother and a British emigrant railway worker father. There, she won a scholarship to the University of Canterbury, […]