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Dash, Jack O'Brien (1907–1989), political activist and unofficial dockers' leader, was born on 23 April 1907 in Southwark, south London, the youngest of four sons of Joseph Thomas Dash, a stagehand, and his wife, Rose Gertrude Johns, an actor. According to Dash's own account, his upbringing was one of great material hardship. His mother died of tuberculosis when he was seven and his father, who then had an even greater struggle to support the family, also died of a lung complaint a few years later. After an elementary schooling, his skill at drawing led to a trial period with an engraving firm, but pressure to take home a better wage resulted in a series of menial jobs, starting in a ...

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Greene, Sidney Francis, Baron Greene of Harrow Weald (1910–2004), trade unionist, was born at 45 Warlock Road, Paddington, London, on 12 February 1910, the son of Frank James Greene, whose main, though not only, occupation was to drive a horse-drawn van, and his wife, ...

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Harford, Edward (1837/8–1898), railwayman and trade unionist, was born in Bristol on 21 March 1837 or 1838, the son of Edward Harford, a policeman. When he was five years old the family moved to Tiverton in Devon and Edward was educated until the age of fourteen at the ...

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Sitch, Charles Henry (1887–1960), trade unionist and politician, was born at Saltney, Chester, on 4 May 1887, the third son of Thomas Sitch (1852–1923), chain maker and trade unionist, and his wife, Elizabeth (née Young). Thomas Sitch was born at ...

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Snedden, Sir Richard (1900–1970), shipping industry administrator, was born on 18 April 1900 in Edinburgh, the elder son of George Snedden, lawyer, and his wife, Ada Inkpin (née Wright). He was educated at George Watson's Boys' College. After army service in 1918, he proceeded to the ...