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Burns, John Elliott (1858–1943), labour leader and politician, was born in South Lambeth, London, on 20 October 1858, the sixteenth child of Alexander Burns, a Scottish fitter, and Barbara Smith. He left St Mary's national school when he was about ten and after a series of short-term jobs was apprenticed as an engineer....

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John Elliott Burns (1858–1943) by John Collier, 1889 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cousins, Frank (1904–1986), trade unionist, was born on 8 September 1904 at 28 Minerva Street, Bulwell, Nottinghamshire, the eldest son in a family of ten (five sons and five daughters) of Charles Fox Cousins, miner, and his wife, Hannah, née Smith, the daughter of a miner from ...

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Thomas, David Alfred, first Viscount Rhondda (1856–1918), politician and industrialist, was born at Ysguborwen, Aberdâr, on 26 March 1856, the fifteenth of the seventeen children—of whom five survived—born to Samuel Thomas (1800–1879), a Merthyr shopkeeper turned coal entrepreneur, and his second wife, Rachel...

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David Alfred Thomas, first Viscount Rhondda (1856–1918) by Solomon Joseph Solomon, exh. RA 1917 © National Portrait Gallery, London