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Deakin Joe

Joe Deakin Joseph Thomas Deakin was born on August 11th, 1858 in Wednesbury, Staffordshire, the son of Charles, a blacksmith, and Marie, nee Middleton. He left school at the age of 12 to work for […]


Kahn Joe

Joe Kahn Joe Kahn was born on the 24th February 1916 in London to Russian-Jewish immigrants. He left school at 15 and worked in a number of jobs before becoming a warehouseman. He joined the […]

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Garber Joe

  Joe Garber    Joe Garber   Joe Garber was born in Bethnal Green on 19th September 1911, where he lived at 7 Dunk St, Whitechapel, and attended JFS School. His family were Jewish immigrants […]

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Fineberg Joe

Joe Fineberg Joe Fineberg (sometimes Feinberg) was born in Poland in 1886. He became a prominent working class member of the British Socialist Party’s East of LondonJewish section, the “Jewish Social Democratic Organisation”, or JSDO. ) […]

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Fuhr Joe

Joe Fuhr Joseph Henry Fuhr was born in Walworth, Southwark, South London, on 20th December 1913. He joined the Communist Party in the 1930s and was arrested in a demonstration against the Blackshirts in Trafalgar […]

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Cowley Joe

Joe Cowley Joe Cowley, along with his close comrade Ted Dickens, pictured here, were long-standing Communist dockers, active in the community of London’s east end as well as in the port of London. In the […]

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Simmonds Joe

Joe Simmonds Joe Simmonds was a woodworker who moved to Southampton from Sunderland in 1936, searching for work. He started at the Scott Paine yard in Hythe working on motor torpedo boats but was moved […]

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Oliver Joe

Joe Oliver Joe Oliver was President of Southall District of the Amalgamated Engineering Union (AEU) from 1940.   A Communist, he was described as "an eloquent, inspiring speaker, factory management have learned to respect his skill […]

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McMillan Joe

Joseph D McMillan Joe McMillan was born in a poor family in the East End of Glasgow on the 2nd of December 1898. By 1911, he was working as a van-boy. He fought in WW1, […]

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Rawlins Joe

Joe Rawlins Joe Rawlins joined the Communist Party in 1920 and helped set up the Birkenhead branch, staying a member until his death in 1978. Chair of the Birkenhead branch of the National Union of […]