Frank Bailey
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Frank Bailey

Frank Bailey was brought up in Guyana, where he became an engineering apprentice. From Guyana he travelled to New York, working as a ship’s engineer trimmer. In New York he worked in a hospital, at first as a diet aid porter and then in the physiotherapy department as a medical assistant. There he led a successful walkout against apartheid dining rooms. He came to London in the early 50s and joined the West Indian Standing Conference; as a delegate of which he attended a Trade Union Conference. He subsequently became the first black fireman in Britain and a Fire Brigade Union representative, working in the East End, before becoming a social worker in Kensington and Chelsea and the first black Mental Welfare Officer/psychiatric social worker, as well as the first black warden at the Toc H social club and hostel at 47 Pembridge Gardens Notting Hill Gate, a legal advisor to black youths at Marylebone Magistrates Court.

Frank was a NALGO branch secretary for Kensington and Chelsea.

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Title Bailey, Frank
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Production Date 2016
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Holding Institution TUC Library Collections, London Metropolitan University
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