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Reginald Birch (1914–1994) by Harrison © News International Newspapers Ltd

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Birch [formerly Catlin-Birch], Reginald (1914–1994), trade unionist and political activist, was born Reginald Catlin-Birch on 7 June 1914 at 4 Chichester Terrace, Kilburn, London, one of the five children of Charles Catlin-Birch (d. 1928), house painter and builder, and his wife, ...

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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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Hannington, Walter [Wal] (1896–1966), trade union official and political activist, was born on 17 June 1896 at 22 Randolph Street, Kentish Town, London, the youngest of four sons and sixth of seven surviving children of Henry William Hannington, foreman bricklayer of Kentish Town...

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James Reid (1932–2010) by David Reed, 1971 © David Reed / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Reid, James [Jimmy] (1932–2010), trade unionist, political activist, and journalist, was born at 56 Whitefield Road, Govan, Glasgow, on 9 July 1932, the younger son and second youngest of the seven children of Leo Reid, casual labourer, and his wife, Isabella, née McLean...

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Stephen, Jessie (1893–1979), suffragette and labour activist, was born on 19 April 1893 in Marylebone, London, the eldest of eleven children of Alexander Stephen, tailor, and his wife, Jane Miller. The family lived in Edinburgh for six years before moving to Dunfermline, and after 1901 resided permanently in ...