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Bevin Boys - Ernest Bevin 1881 - 1951
Bevin Boy's Association

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Bevin Boys Association is trying to trace all 48,000 Bevin Boy. They are, at last, to be recognised and awarded a commemorative badge.

Bevin Boys To Be Recognised


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Bevin Boys

Forgotten Conscripts
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Bevin Boys are often known as the "Forgotten Conscripts"

Around 48,000 young men, who would otherwise have been conscripted into the armed forces, were sent underground between 1943 and 1948.

Bevin Boys Marching To The Cenotaph November 2006

D.Elizabeth Todd [Mrs]
“The Chalet”,
24 Oldfield Way,
Heswall, Wirral,
CH60 6RG


Memories of The Mine
by Roger Woddis

The call of England, home and beauty
Led him to labour underground;
Young as he was, he did his duty,
Unsung, unhonoured and uncrowned.

No bugle summoned him to glory,
Nor did he hear the cannon's roar;
The hero of a different story,
He fought another kind of war.

Today the memory still lingers
Of fortune lying on the mat,
The day that fate put forth her fingers
And drew his number from the hat.

And then, beyond the weeks of training,
The pit-cage dropping like a stone,
The ache, with nerve and muscle straining,
That penetrated to the bone.

Though forty years have left him older,
There's no forgetting even now
When danger hovered at his shoulder
And there was sweat upon his brow.

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Liz Sanderson
5 May 2002
My father, Richard Robinson was a'Bevin Boy' during the war

I was interested to find your site.

My father, Richard Robinson was from a long line of miners and went into the pits himself aged 14.

He was a'Bevin Boy' during the war and afterwards joined the mines rescue brigade in Rotherham, Yorkshire.

Dad moved to Wakefield and was deputy superintendent there, and was involved in the Lofthouse colliery disaster and in recovering bodies from Flixborough.

He had a rich fund of information about life in the mines; please get in touch if you would be interested in more information.
I should be interested to see if anyone remembers Dad and the stations/incidents he was involved in.
I will forward more information once I have time to really get it in order! -

I have a photo of Dad and some of the brigade men, a press photo done for a briefing at the time of the Lofthouse disaster - please let me know if you would like me to mail this. I think your website is a marvellous tribute to the men involved in mines.

Liz Sanderson.

27 June 2007
Eric Monaghan Was The last Working Bevin Boy to Retire?

My dad was a Bevin Boy called up in 1943 and retired in 1989.

When he retired the local paper (Evening Chronicle) ran an article at the same time as the Coal News asking for the first Bevin Boy and stating that they thought my dad, Eric Monaghan was the last Bevin Boy to retire. Do you know any different?

Also is there any one out there who used to work with him? He did his training at The Morrison Pit, Annfield Plain. From there he worked at Nelson Colliery, Northumberland till demobbed in 1947 but stayed in the industry and was transferred to Rising Sun, Wallsend till 1953. Then went to Burradon, Northumberland till closure and was transferred to Ellington, Northumberland. From 1967 - 1989 he was a deputy at the last two collieries and was secretary of NACODS during the 70's whilst at Burradon.

At 82 years of age he is still going strong.

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