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Bevin Boys - Ernest Bevin 1881 - 1951
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Action Desk, BBC Radio Suffolk
09 September 2005
Clarence Sarbutt - Bevin Boy Life

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People in story: Clarence Sarbutt
Location of story: Hickling Colliery, Thurnscoe, Yorkshire
Background to story: Civilian Force
Article ID: A5656845


1944 - 1947. At the age of eighteen I was called up to work in the coalmines in Yorkshire.

I did my training at Askham Colliery for four weeks. I was then sent to Hickleton Main Colliery in Yorkshire.

My first experiences were taking empty wagons down to a loader end where they were filled with coal and sent away on a return rope to the pit bottom where they were then wound to the surface.

I finished my career in mining at the coal face driving a compressed air conveyor, bringing coal from the coal face to supply the main gate. I have done most jobs at the pit including assisting shot firing, cutting and drilling.

After I became demobbed I still remember the good times I had - it will live with me as long as I live.
Clarence Sarbutt



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East Ayrshire Libraries
28 August 2003
Killed down the pit

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People in story: Hugh Johnstone
Location of story: Dalmellington, Ayrshire
Article ID: A1158266


Hugh Johnstone of Dalmellington remembers a local boy - Stewart Blane - who started as a surfaceworker at Chalmerston Pit aged 21 and was due to be called up for the war. However, his family arranged for him to go down the pit as mining was a reserved occupation and he would not need to go to war.

He worked on the surface until Hogmanay 1940 (31st December) had a day off for the New Years Day holiday - then went down the pit for the first time on the 2nd January 1941.

He was killed underground in the pit by a runaway coal hutch on the 11th January 1941.
Hugh Johnstone


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