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Valdar Stewart

Stewart Valdar The second of seven children, Stewart Valdar (pictured left in 1968) began his working life as a draughtsman, in a variety of jobs ranging from the design of light fittings to work on […]

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Vaughan Joe

Joe Vaughan Vaughan was born in East London in 1878 and educated at Elementary School. He first started work at eight years of age, after school hours and on Saturdays. Later he schooled for two […]

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Vaughan Tom

Tom Vaughan Thomas Hugh Vaughan was born in Calcutta (Kolkatta) on May 8th 1911; he studied English at Oxford and was a member of the drama society there. He became a shop floor worker at […]

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Venters Peter

Peter Venters A founder member of the Communist Party, Venters attended the various unity conferences leading up to the creation of the Party, in company with William Docherty, Abe Moffatt (see entry for Moffat), Alec […]

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Vickers Freddie

Freddie Vickers Winifred (Freddie) Mary (n’e Lambert) Vickers was born on September 4th 1918 in Liverpool, the youngest of four children. Her father was a customs official and her mother a schoolteacher. Freddie won scholarships […]

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Vickers Jon

Jon Vickers     James Oswald Noel 'Jon' Vickers was born on April 6th 1916. Although always called Jon, or John, by colleagues he was `Mouse’ to his family and friends. He came from a privileged London background. […]

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Vowles Chris

Chris Vowles Vowles joined the Communist Party in 1936, after a visit to the Soviet Union, and remained a member of the CPGB until dissolution. Having completed articles in Gloucester before the war, he qualified […]

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Vyse Nell

Nell Vyse Born in 1892, Nell was trained as a singer in her youth and she was also fluent in French and German. She would become a highly talented and noted painter of ceramics, which […]