We are deeply sorry to announce that Veronica Ford (pictured) died on Saturday 8 Feb 2020, after a long struggle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She was only discovered long after the book was published, so her story was posted on this website but does not appear in the book. We offer our deepest condolences to her husband, Jeff Russon, and all her family. Veronica was a lifelong teacher and a member of the National Union of Teachers (now the National Education Union) and her actions as a London Recruit are mentioned in that union's book Pride, Passion, Professionalism - The NUT and the Struggle for Education 1870-2017. While a student at Swansea she was recruited to go to Botswana by Ruth First. May her life inspire us!
Veronica Ford ( ‘Jill’ )
In the Spring of 1970 I was 22 years old, near to finishing my degree at the University College of Swansea and living with my then-boyfriend Hugh Pearce (‘Jack’). We were both active in many left-wing campaigns, particularly against the war in Vietnam and against apartheid.
Report of SA visit - Ken Keable
The South African Communist Party, at its congress in Boksburg, has today (14 July 2017) honoured the London Recruits with its Special Recognition Award. Ken Keable went to the congress, as a guest, to accept the award on behalf of all the Recruits and was introduced by Ronnie Kasrils. Here is the text of his speech.
Comrade chair, distinguished guests, comrades!
I am very proud to receive this award on behalf of all the London Recruits. It is a great honour for us all.
I am pleased to be accompanied on this platform by two other Recruits: comrade Ian Beddowes, who worked undercover in three of the frontline states and now lives in Johannesburg where he works on the staff of the SACP; and comrade Bob Newland, who set off leaflet bombs in Johannesburg in 1971 and spent eight dangerous weeks in South Africa in 1972, preparing for the arrival of a detachment of MK fighters by sea in a ship which, unfortunately, had to abort the mission because of engine trouble.
London Recruits trailer from London Recruits.
The report below came from an edition of The African Communist in 1981. It refers to leaflet bombs placed by London Recruits Will Gee and 'Simon'.