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McMinn Joan

Joan McMinn   Joan Paterson was a Communist Party activist who later married and adopted her husband’s name of McMinn, by which she was most known in Party circles.   She was for a long […]

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MacDonald Minnie

Minnie MacDonald   Minnie had been class-conscious from childhood but when she started work at fourteen in 1918 in a boot factory – and was later transferred to a retail branch – the very idea […]

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McKenna Bernard

Bernard McKenna McKenna was born in 1916 in Manchester into a desperately poor family, from Irish-English stock. The seventh child, he was the first to survive infancy. For most of his childhood his father was […]

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McLennan Mary

Mary McLennan Mary Reid was born in 1928 and brought up in poverty during the 1930s in the Gorbals area of Glasgow. Such an upbringing fuelled her desire to change the world and she met […]

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Morely Iris

Iris Morley (Jacob) Iris Vivienne Morley was born on the 10th May 1910 at Carshalton, Surrey, the daughter of Colonel Lyddon Charteris Morley CBE and Gladys Vivienne Charteris Braddell. She studied at RADA and appeared […]

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Metelmann Henry

    Henry Metelmann   Henry Friedrich Carl Metelmann was born on Christmas Day in 1922 in a working-class town near Hamburg, the only son of Fritz, a railway worker who was a staunch socialist, and […]

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MacLaurin Griff

 Griff MacLaurin Griffith Campbell MacLaurin was a New Zealander who became a Communist in Britain and died fighting in Spain in 1936. MacLaurin – or Mac to his friends – and his family lived in Remuera, […]

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Mankowitz Wolf

 Wolf Mankowitz Born Cyril Wolf Mankowitz on 7th November 1924 in Bethnal Green, he was educated at East Ham Grammar School. His father, Solomon Mankowitz, was an émigré Russian Jewish immigrant. Being a second-hand book dealer, […]

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Merrells H

H. Merrells    A leading figure in the British National Minority Movement (NMM) electricians’ section, Merrells attended the 5th Congress of the Red International of Labour Unions (RILU) in Moscow in the 1930s.  

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MacDonald Theodore

Theodore MacDonald   Professor Theodore Harney MacDonald, or Theo, as so many knew him, may be remembered best by our readers as the author of Hippocrates in Havana, Schooling the Revolution, and the more recent […]