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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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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)...