Douglas Frank SPRINGHALL, aliases 'Springy', 'Peter', 'Zenoff/Zanoff', usually known as...

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Details of KV 2/1597
Reference:KV 2/1597
Description:

Douglas Frank SPRINGHALL, aliases 'Springy', 'Peter', 'Zenoff/Zanoff', usually known as 'Dave': British. SPRINGHALL was a founder member of the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) who attended the Lenin School in Moscow, and held party administrative positions at the highest levels including the Central Committee and, from 1940, was National Organiser. In 1943 he was sentenced to seven years imprisonment for obtaining classified information for the Russians from Olive SHEEHAN, a clerk in the Air Ministry who was the leader of a secret Communist group there. Subsequent enquiries showed that SPRINGHALL had also exploited the Communist convictions of Captain Desmond UREN, a Staff Officer in SOE, to obtain classified information. UREN was court-martialled and also sentenced to seven years. Enquiries suggested that SPRINGHALL had been extensively involved in covert activities on behalf of the Party for many years. He died in Moscow in 1953

Note: Serial 388a: summary
Date: 1943 Jan 01 - 1952 Dec 31
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department PF 37634 VOLS 4-6
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Closure status: Open Document, Open Description
Access conditions: Retained Until 2004
Record opening date: 30 March 2004

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