Ball Billy

William Ball was born in Reading in 1915. His father, Henry Ball, ran a chemist shop in Oxford Road and lived in Clifton Park Road, Caversham. The young Billy went to Reading School where he had […]

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Stokes W H (Billy)

Billy (W H) Stokes William Henry – or Billy – Stokes was born in Earlsdon, Coventry on November 18th 1894, one of ten brothers and sisters. The son of a watchmaker, he left Earlsdon Council […]

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Johnson Billy

Billy Johnson Johnson moved to Yorkshire in the 1920s and was for 54 years a working miner. He was also a life-long member of the Communist Party, along with his wife, Martha. Billy’s brother, Jack, […]


Blessed Billy

Bill Blessed Probably born in Doncaster in 1906 to a miner, Blessed was a long-term member of the Communist Party, based in the mining village of Goldthorpe in South Yorkshire, now part of the borough […]

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Paterson Billy

Billy Paterson A Young Communist League member in Partick, Scotland, Patterson joined the Royal Navy in 1939. His ship was sent to Dunkirk to help bring by the stranded British troops and was attacked by […]

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Lees Billy

Billy Lees An active and leading member of the Nottingham Communist Party, which was established as early as August 1920, Lees was also an Executive member of the Nottingham Trades Council and was arrested along […]

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Holt Billy

Billy Holt William Holt was born in Todmorden, in the Upper Calder Valley, West Yorkshire, in 1897, the eldest son of a coal merchant. At the age of 13, whilst working in a cotton weaving […]

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McLafferty Billy

Billy McLafferty A prominent Clydeside Scottish AEU engineering workers’ activist and life-long Communist, Billy McLafferty died aged 71 in 1990. Source: Morning Star 16th November 1990