Tom Mann 1856 – 1941

Tom Mann was born on 15 April 1856 in Grange Road, Longford, now a suburb of Coventry, the son of a clerk who worked at a colliery.  He attended school from the ages of six to nine, then began work doing odd jobs on the colliery farm. A year later he became a trapper, a labour-intensive job that involved clearing blockages from the narrow airways in the mining shafts.