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Bevin Boys - Ernest Bevin 1881 - 1951
Bevin Boy's Association
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Norman Brickell Broadway Miners Hostel, Barnsley. Any ex "dust eaters" out there?
Alison Philpott My father was a Bevin Boy - Are there any records?
O Nourse Are There Any Records on Bradley Hostel for Bevin Boys
Mary Paddy Boyle was offered the chance to 'volunteer' to go down the pit
Una McLean My father - Angus McLean- was called up as a Bevin Boy




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O Nourse
25 October 2004
Are There Any Records on Bradley Hostel for Bevin Boys

Hi
Can anyone tell me please, are there any records on Bradley Hostel for Bevin boys?
My father came from Wales to Stoke on Trent after the war and stayed at the Bradley Hostel where he met my mother who worked in the canteen at the time. My parents married in 1954.

I am trying to work out when my father came from Wales.
Also please can anyone tell me if and where I would find records of Sneyd Colliery Stoke on Trent, my grandfather George Mountford had an accident in 1931 where he broke a small bone in his ankle and was paid part compensation, and was wondering if there would be any records of this. Also he was involved in the 1942 explosion and had compensation.

Thank you for reading this.
O Nourse.


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Mary
15 November 2004
Paddy Boyle was offered the chance to 'volunteer' to go down the pit

Paddy Boyle was in the forces, stationed in the Shetlands, May 1941-May 1944.

Mum always said he was offered the chance to 'volunteer' to go down the pit.

He took it on, so that he could come home- I'd been born in Sept. 1941, and because it was a 3 day journey from Shetland to Blackburn Lancs, where we lived, he'd seen very little of mum and me.

He worked at Huncoat Colliery, in the Accrington/Oswaldtwistle/Church area.

There's a vivid memory of him not coming home on time one night in winter. Mum became distraught, dragging me (about 3yrs old) to the nearby fire station, then the police station, seeking information. But I remember the expression on the face of Arthur Tyson, a recently retired miner, when she knocked on his door & told him dad was 2 or 3 hours late home. Arthur looked horrified.

Mum & I set off to the police station again, & under a swinging lamp, over a cross roads, mum caught sight of someone who terrified me in the dark.

It was dad, coming home in his 'pit dirt' for the first time ever.

There had been a breakdown in power at the pit, & the cage had stopped.

Years later, dad told me they'd eventually hand wound it to the surface.

He explained all his work to me, when I was about 8, & we 'did' mining as a school topic.

He lent me his helmet which he'd kept and the thick leather patch that slotted onto his belt, to go under the battery for his lamp, so that acid didn't splash from it onto his skin. He told me about the Tally he handed in on the way down, & collected once he surfaced again.

For years he continued the miner's habit of holding a wodge of tobacco inside his cheek, giving it the occasional chew to top up his nicotine levels.

He used the (cold!) pithead showers and went straight to the sink at home, drinking about 2 pints of water straight down, 'to kill the dust'.

He'd always done heavy manual work, but he said the pit was the worst. He had great respect for the Colliers, working in the most difficult places, often only inches high.

Last year's Remembrance Day parade on TV was the first I'd heard of the Bevin Boys being recognised, & I cried for all the memories it brought back.

Mary


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Una McLean
15 November 2004
My father - Angus McLean- was called up as a Bevin Boy some where in the Midlands.

My father - Angus McLean- was called up as a Bevin Boy towards the end of the war.

He was sent down a pit in the Midlands somewhere - he came from Queensferry despite the name! I am trying to track down information about him and his family and if anyone can help I would be delighted to hear from them.

Dad died in 1979 but was one of a large family, well known in the area, and he went on to play for Wolverhampton Wanderers as a professional footballer.

Thank you. Una McLean.


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Alison Philpott
10 March 2005
My father was a Bevin Boy - Are there any records?

Hi I wonder if you can help.
I am trying to find out some information about my dad he died 24 years ago and he was an orphan so I do not know a great deal but I do know that he was a Bevin boy and I wanted to know if any one kept records at ? I really do not know where to start if you can help in any way can you please email me.

Many thanks Alison Philpott


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Norman Brickell norman@brickelln.freeserve.co.uk
23 March 2005
Broadway Miners Hostel, Barnsley. Any ex "dust eaters" out there?

Hi Fionn
I have just found your website and am delighted with it.

I am sure there must be some old BB's out there who were at Broadway Miners Hostel or working at Monckton Main Colliery, Royston, South Yorks 1944-1947.

Maybe some of you trained at Prince of Wales Colliery, Pontefract. I would love to hear from any ex "dust eater" who remembers those dark days.

Best wishes,
Norman .



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