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Henry Broadhurst (1840–1911) by Olive Edis © National Portrait Gallery, London

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J. R. MacDonald

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Broadhurst, Henry (1840–1911), trade unionist and politician, was born at Littlemore, Oxfordshire, on 23 April 1840, the fourth son and youngest of the twelve children of Thomas Broadhurst (1799/1800–1866), stonemason, and his wife, Sarah, née Jessop (1799/1800–1880). He was educated at a village school near ...

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William John Brown (1894–1960) by Howard Coster, 1934 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Brown, William John (1894–1960), trade unionist and politician, was born on 13 September 1894 in Battersea, London, the second son of Joseph Morris Brown, a plumber, and his wife, Rosina (Rose) Spicer. He attended the Salmestone elementary school, Margate, until the age of eleven, whereupon he won a scholarship to ...

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Hazell, Bertie [Bert] (1907–2009), trade unionist and politician, was born on 18 April 1907 in a tied cottage in Attleborough, south Norfolk, the son of John Hazell, farm worker, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Ling. Despite the wishes of many to call him ...

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Whiteley, William (1881–1955), politician and trade unionist, was born on 3 October 1881 in the village of Littleburn near Durham. He was the fourth son of Samuel Whiteley (d. 1921) and his wife, Ellen, née Bragan. Samuel Whiteley had begun work in the mines at the age of seven and was an active member of the ...

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Wills [née Wood; other married name Burnett], Edith Agnes (1891–1970), trade unionist and politician, was born at Kilcote, Newent, Gloucestershire, on 21 November 1891, the daughter of John Philip Wood, a journeyman carpenter, and his wife, Henrietta Hook. She was to spend the rest of her life in ...

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Joseph Havelock Wilson (1858–1929) by Sir Benjamin Stone, 1897 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Wilson, Joseph Havelock (1858–1929), trade unionist and politician, was born in Sunderland on 16 August 1858, the son of John Blenkin Wilson, a foreman draper, and his wife, Hannah Robson. After intermittent attendance at a local school and various short-term jobs, Wilson went to sea in 1870, remaining in the ...