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My Life: The Caribbean, Communism, Budapest 1956, journalism, HIV/Aids, London Lighthouse, Diana's funeral, Westminster  Abbey, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and much more
by Chris Birch

St Christopher Press, ISBN 978-0-9545721-1-2, 2010

Chris Birch was born in 1928 on the Caribbean island of St Kitts. When he was ten, he moved to Trinidad and then six years later to Barbados. In 1946 he came to England. At Bristol University he joined the Communist Party, had a wonderful time and left with a wife but without a degree. In 1955 he was offered a job in Warsaw, where he, his wife Betty and one-year-old Frank lived for four months before moving to Budapest where Harriet was born.


In October 1956 they got caught up in the fighting. Betty and the children escaped up the Danube to Bratislava. Chris stayed behind and was captured and briefly held prisoner by the Red Army. When he got back to London, he first worked in a bookshop and then became a journalist.

For 13 years he edited the leading weekly news magazine for technical officers in local government and was made a member of the Clean Air Council by the Secretary of State for the Environment.

 

 

 

 

 

 Chris was involved in the HIV/Aids pandemic from the start, helping to produce the Communist Party's policy on HIV/Aids. A close friend was killed by HIV in 1987, and Chris then worked as a volunteer at London Lighthouse, the Terrence Higgins Trust and the Kobler Clinic at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

In 1992 he put up a memorial in Westminster Abbey to a woman who had been dead for 615 years, and he became and has remained an Abbey volunteer ever since. He represented London Lighthouse at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, walking with the royal princes behind her coffin from St James's Palace to the Abbey.

He has written two other books, is a Governor of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital lives with his wife in Fulham.

 
Ten Generations
The Milk Jug Was A Goat
My Life
We Save Bits of String

Ten Generations: Looking backwards in time: Some glimpses of my family

The Milk Jug Was A Goat: Two families, two Caribbean islands, 1635-1987

My Life: The Caribbean, Communism, Budapest 1956, journalism, HIV/Aids, London Lighthouse, Diana's funeral, Westminster  Abbey, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and much more

We Save Bits of String: An account of the first 18 ½ years of my life

by Betty Birch

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