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Flanders, Allan David (1910–1973), socialist and industrial relations expert, was born on 27 July 1910 at 18 Market Street, Watford, Hertfordshire, the only child of William Frederick Flanders, a grocer's manager, and his wife, Emily Louisa Shaw. After obtaining his school certificate at a local school he transferred to ...

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Gill, Kenneth [Ken] (1927–2009), trade unionist and communist, was born on 30 August 1927 at 19 Leaze Road, Melksham, Wiltshire, the youngest of four children of Ernest Frank Gill (1892–1979), an ironmonger's shop assistant, and his wife, Mary Ethel, née Trueman (1891–1950). He grew up in some poverty in a council house, a home with no books, and with his mother taking in washing to supplement the family's income. He left ...

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Knee, Fred (1868–1914), socialist and trade unionist, was born at Blunt Street, Frome, Somerset, on 16 June 1868, the second son in the family of four children of James Knee (1842–1919) and his wife, Elizabeth, née Pointer (1843–1915). His parents were weavers. A sickly child, he was plagued by pulmonary problems and grew to only about ...

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Mann, Thomas [Tom] (1856–1941), trade unionist, socialist, and communist, was born at Bell Green, Foleshill, Coventry, on 15 April 1856, the third surviving child and second son of Thomas Mann, a bookkeeper at the Victoria colliery, and his wife, Mary Anne, née Grant (1821–1858)...

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Purcell, Albert Arthur [Alf] (1872–1935), trade unionist and socialist, was born on 3 November 1872 at 29 Britannia Street, Hoxton, London, the son of Albert Duncan Purcell and his wife, Charlotte (née Alleway), who were both Irish. Purcell spent much of his childhood in ...

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Walker, William (1871–1918), trade union official and socialist, was born on 9 January 1871 at 35 McCluny Street, Belfast, the son of Francis Walker, a boilermaker, and his wife, Sarah McLaughlin. He was educated at St George's National School, Belfast, and entered Harland and Wolff's...