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Lowe Tom

Tom Lowe Born in 1883 in Belfast, Tom Lowe’s father was a member of the Social Democratic Federation (SDF). He was apprenticed as a skilled iron-moulder, or foundry worker, in Lancashire and later blacklisted for […]

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Oldershaw Tom

Tom Oldershaw A carpenter by trade Oldershaw was a member of the Battersea Number 2 branch of the Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers. He seconded a motion to the local Trades Council to establish an Aid to Spain committee […]

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Quelch Tom

Tom Quelch Tom Quelch was the son of the rather more famous early socialist Harry (Henry) Quelch who died in 1913 (pictured below) and was also nephew of Alonzo Quelch, a noted socialist in the Reading […]

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Thomas Tom (H B)

  Tom Thomas Herbert Beverley Thomas (known to everyone as Tom Thomas) was born in Dalston, Hackney, East London in June 1902. He was educated at an London County Council School and, aged 14, started […]

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Gee T(om)

T(om) Gee In 1925 a sensational near victory took place in local elections in Wednesbury. A Communist, T Gee, in an out-of-the-blue (red?) straight fight with an Independent in Town Hall ward (one of five […]


Dingley Tom

Tom Dingley Dingley was a leader of Coventry Socialist Labour Party (SLP) before the formation of the Communist Party, which he joined from the start in 1920. He had syndicalist leanings and was a confidante […]

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Picton Tom

  Tom Picton   Thomas Issac Picton was born in 1895 and became a miner in Treherbert, Rhonnda Fawr, South Wales.   He was one-time amateur middle weight boxing champion of Wales. During the 1914-18 […]


Coleman Tom

Tom Coleman   In 1935, Tom Coleman of Dalefield Avenue, Normanton, was fined £1:13s at the West Riding Police Court at Wakefield for harbouring an illicit still.   The item made the news since he […]


Aisbitt Tom

Tom Aisbitt Thomas Aisbitt was a veteran of the Newcastle-upon-Tyne Communist Party. He was a close friend of Dave Atkinson (see separate entry), a fellow Communist.Tom was a prominent member of the woodworkers union. In […]

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Sims Tom

Tom Sims   Thomas, or `Tom’ Sims was a Dulwich (South London) founding member of the Communist Party.   His wife was Winifred Sims, father of Joan and Hylda Sims.   He worked closely with […]