John Taylor Caldwell

Edited by Gerd Numitor

Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. John Taylor Caldwell (14 July 1911 - 12 January 2007) was a Glasgow-born anarchist communist and close associate and biographer of Guy Aldred. He wrote two volumes of autobiography which recount his early life growing up in Belfast, his early career as a mariner and his political development, as well as his close involvement with Aldred and the United Socialist Movement. Caldwell joined Aldreds United Socialist Movement (USM) shortly after its inception in 1934, eventually becoming secretary. He was closely involved in the groups agitational work in support of anarchism in Spain before becoming - along with Jenny Patrick and Ethel MacDonald - a full-time family member of Aldreds Strickland Press when it was set up in 1939. Like Aldred, Caldwell was a conscientious objector and resisted conscription during World War II. For many years, Caldwell shared with Ethel MacDonald a third-floor flat in Gibson Street, Hillhead, Glasgow. He acted as election agent for Aldred on four occasions.