Benjamin Francis Bradley

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Benjamin Francis Bradley (1898-1957) was a communist union leader of Great Britain who was sentenced in the Meerut Conspiracy Trial.[1][2]

He was born in Walthamstow in Great Britain. He was sent to India with Philip Spratt to promote militant trade unionism in 1927 and sentenced in the infamous Meerut Conspiracy Trial five years later. This provoked an enormous outcry, and in Britain, according to Stephen Howe, "probably inspired more left-wing pamphlet literature than any other colonial issue between the wars". [1]

Bradley's papers are an indispensable source for the episode and include extensive prison correspondence, documents from the Meerut trial and records of the international campaigns of solidarity with the defendants. They also contain his notes for a projected autobiography and materials relating to his later political activities. For several years Bradley continued to be involved in anti-colonial activities and between 1934 and 1940 served as secretary of the League Against Imperialism and its successor, the CPGB's Colonial Information Bureau. He also spent periods as the Daily worker's circulation manager and, briefly before his death, as national organiser of the Britain-China Friendship Association. His papers bear witness to the genuine internationalism that was one of the outstanding qualities of many communist activists.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Ben Bradley papers - Communist Party of Great Britain archive from Microform Academic Publishers". www.communistpartyarchive.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-09-24.
  2. ^ Windmiller, Marshall (1959). Communism in India. University of California Press.