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Gibb Jim

Jim Gibb Both Jim Gibb and his wife come from families with strong trade union and Communist Party connections. Jim’s father-in-law was John Foster, the long-term Communist AEU National Organiser (see separate entry). John’s daughter […]

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Faulkner Jim

Jim Faulkner Born 26th June 1908 in Stoneyburn, West Lothian, Jim Faulkner had the proverbial hard childhood. He won a scholarship at a local high school, walking there and back on a five mile, each […]


Prendergast Jim

Jim Prendergast Born in January 1914, Jimmy Prendergast started his working life by being an art critic in a Dublin newspaper. He was a member of the Workers’ Union of Ireland and joined the Irish […]

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Morton Jim

  Jim Morton Jim Morton was a Communist Party member from Taylorstown, Rhondda, in south Wales. He knew Harry Pollitt from his earliest visits to the Rhondda in the nineteen twenties.  "He came to our house […]

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Kooyman Jim

Jim Kooyman Born in 1922, Kooyman was a shop steward and then London full-time organiser for the Furniture, Timber and Allied Trades Union (FTAT). He was, from 1976 to 1986, the union’s Assistant General Secretary; […]


Arnison Jim

 Jim Arnison   Born in Hanky Park, Salford, Arnison began working life as an apprentice plumber, aged 14, in 1939 and eventually became the long-standing Northern correspondent of the Morning Star.   He had a […]


Coton Jim

Jim Coton Jim Coton served in the 6th Battalion Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, stationed in Deolali in 1944, which then fought in Burma.  He returned to Birmingham in 1946 and went to live in Deritend, becoming married […]

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Savage Jim

Jim Savage Born in Cork in 1923, the story of his life was to be inexorably linked to the struggles for Irish freedom and socialism. In the tradition of the great Irish labour leader and […]

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Hiles Jim

Jim Hiles A skilled carpenter, Jim Hiles was a shop steward for the Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers, and later the Union of Construction and Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT) which the ASW merged into with […]

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Service Jim

Jim Service Aged ten, Jim accompanied his mother on door to door and street collections for the International Brigade. He became a member of the Socialist Sunday School and the Woodcraft Folk, joining the Young […]