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Aveling, Edward Bibbens (1849–1898), Marxist campaigner, was born on 29 November 1849 at 6 Nelson Terrace, Stoke Newington, the fifth of eight children of Thomas William Baxter Aveling (1815–1884), Congregationalist minister, and his wife, Mary Ann (d. 1877), daughter of Thomas Goodall...

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Bax, Ernest Belfort (1854–1926), Marxist theoretician and activist, was born at his parents' home, 27 Clarendon Square, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, on 23 July 1854, the last of four children of Daniel Bax (d. 1882), a manufacturer, and his wife, Eleanor, daughter of ...

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John Chilembwe (c. 1870–1915) by unknown photographer [with members of his family] © reserved / London Library

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Chilembwe, John (c. 1870–1915), Baptist minister and anti-colonial rebel, was probably born at Sangano, Chiradzulu, in modern Malawi, of a Yao father (reportedly called Kaundama), and a Mang'anja or Cewa slave mother (reportedly called Nyangu). Very little is known of his early life. He acquired a basic knowledge of English from one of the earliest outposts of Scottish Presbyterian missionaries. In 1892 he became ‘cook boy’ to the recently arrived independent English missionary ...

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Dare, Thomas (d. 1685), political activist and rebel, was the son of a civil war cavalier and a goldsmith by occupation. He sat on Taunton's common council following the grant of a new charter to the town in 1677 (the corporation had fallen into abeyance in 1662 following the old members' refusal to comply with the ...

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Grant, Ted [real name Isaac Blank] (1913–2006), political activist, was born on 9 July 1913 in Germiston, South Africa, the son of Max Blank, a Russian Jewish immigrant, and his French wife. His parents divorced while he was still young, and his mother took in lodgers, including ...

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Liam Joseph Mellows (1892–1922) by Walshe, 1922 Getty Images – Walshe

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Mellows, Liam Joseph [William Joseph] (1892–1922), Irish revolutionary, was born in a barracks in Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire, on 23 May 1892, the son of William Joseph Mellows (d. 1920), a sergeant in the army, and his wife, Sarah Jordan (b...

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Sarabha, Kartar Singh (1896–1915), Indian revolutionary and political activist, was born on 24 May 1896 in the village of Sarabha, Ludhiana district, Punjab, India, the only son of Sardar Mangal Singh, a Sikh farmer, and his wife, Sahib Kaur. After the birth of his sister, ...