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Charles Geddes, Baron Geddes of Epsom

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Charles John Geddes, Baron Geddes of Epsom, CBE (1 March 1897 – 2 May 1983) was a British trade unionist. Born in Camberwell, London, his parents were active socialists in the Labour movement at a time that the Labour party was being founded in London. Charles attended Blackheath Central School but left still aged only thirteen. He joined the Post Office in 1911 as a boy messenger, running errands. In his spare time he worked for a shopkeeper in Deptford, East London where he first came into contact with the Post Office Workers Union. He served as a fighter pilot in the Royal Flying Corps during World War I, being commissioned a pilot officer in 1918. On returning to civilian work, Geddes became active in the new Union of Post Office Workers rising to district chairman of the London district of the union's council. During the Second World War he was appointed assistant-general secretary of the UPW. He was Deputy General Secretary of the union from 1941, and then General S
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