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Tony Bracher - Re: Mr Jeffrey Bracher, Bevin Boy Glamorgan 1945 - 1947
Helen Edbrooke - Mr Jeffrey Bracher, Bevin Boy Glamorgan 1945 - 1947
Julia Cook - My Father, John Olver, Was a Bevin Boy, Probably in Wales
Carol Chase - Why is the Bevin Boys medal only given to men who are still alive?
Ken Hudson - Looking For Info About Edward Clifford Stanners, Bevin Boy, Hetton-le-Hole
Elaine Haskett - My dad would like to take part in the Remembrance March in London
Shauna - My grandad, Denzil James Horsley, was a Bevin Boy; does a list exists?
Peter Matthews - Stanley Matthews - Bevin Boy Kent, I would love to meet anyone who may have worked with my father.



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Helen Edbrooke
21 December 2008
Mr Jeffrey Bracher, Bevin Boy Glamorgan 1945 - 1947

Dear Fionn
An elderly friend recently died his name was Jeffrey Bracher. We have been fortunate enough to be able to buy his old house. Recently I cleared out some boxes and found all the letters to and from his parents when he was a Bevin Boy. He was initially at Aberdane, Miners Hostel, Manchester Place, Hirwaun, Glamorgan from January 1947 yet in 1945 was at Ystrad Mynact (possibly Mynad), Miners Hostel, Caerphilly Road, Hengoed, Glamorgan. He lived with his parents at Sunset, Ashington Lane, Wimborne, Dorset after working in the mines he returned to Sunset, Ashington Lane, Wimborne and lived there until he died earlier this year.

I would love more information about his life in Glamorgan and wondered if anyone remembers him. He has no living relatives and I intend to compile all his personal letters and bits and pieces, is it possible to claim his medal to put it with these treasured memoirs.

Any information on what this time in his life was like would be fascinating.

Many thanks
Helen


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Tony Bracher
21 September 2013
Re: Mr Jeffrey Bracher, Bevin Boy Glamorgan 1945 - 1947

Dear Fionn

We have just come across your site and a letter from Helen Edbrooke (above) regarding Jeffrey Bracher.  In her letter she mentions that he has no living relatives which is not correct.  I and my sister are his cousins.  Our fathers were brothers.  I was a very small boy during the war so, unfortunately, I am unable to provide any information on his work as a Bevin Boy but obviously as I grew up I was aware of his contribution to the war effort. 

As he never married it just seemed sad to read that the assumption was that he had no living relatives and I felt compelled to redress this and my sister and I did attend his funeral service.

Best wishes
Tony Bracher


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Julia Cook
22 February 2009
My Father, John Olver, Was a Bevin Boy, Probably in Wales

Hello, My dad John Olver was a Bevin Boy during the war. I do not know a lot about where he was although mum thinks it was possibly Merthyr Tydfil in Wales. Dad got coal dust on his lungs and died age 40 after being ill for years. Leaving mum with 4 children. I was the youngest age 10.

I would love to hear of anyone who knew him.

Why can't the families of the Bevin Boys who died as a result of being down the mine have a Badge? It would be a great tribute to him as he suffered so much with not a word of complaining.

Yours Sincerely

Julia Cook


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Carol Chase
10 November 2008
Why is the Bevin Boys medal only given to men who are still alive?

Could you tell me why the Bevin Boys medal is only given to men who are still alive?

My father was a Bevin Boy all through the war.

Regards Carol Chase.


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Ken Hudson
15 October 2008
Looking For Information About Edward Clifford Stanners, Bevin Boy, Hetton-le-Hole

Dear Sir,
I am contacting you to find out if you have any reference to a relation of mine, who was called up to be a Bevin Boy in 1945/46 (?), and was sent to Hetton-le-Hole where he worked for a while and was then discharged and had to join the Army, in the RASC, as T/14123966, Edward Clifford Stanners. He was then posted to Palestine and was killed in a terrorist ambush, during the troubles at that time, aged 21, on 23 June, 1947.

Any information as to his service as a Bevin Boy would be much appreciated.

Thanking you,
Ken Hudson


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Elaine Haskett
14 September 2008
My dad would like to take part in the Remembrance March in London

Hello
My dad, Kenneth Leaning, was a Bevan Boy and be longs to your association and would very much like to take part in the Remembrance March in London this year if possible if so can you please send me the details you can email me.

Thank you
Yours faithfully
Elaine Haskett


Unfortunately I can not help here , but you could try the Bevin Boys Association


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Shauna
4 September 2008
My grandad, Denzil James Horsley, was a Bevin Boy; does a list exists?

Hi,
Love your site. My grandad, Denzil James Horsley, was a Bevin Boy and I wondered if there is a list exists so that I can locate exactly where he worked. He was living in Hednesford during 1946 when my Dad was born, but we do not know where he worked.

Any help would be great.

Thanks
Shauna

www.kilnkreations.co.uk/index.html

Bee
Honey Pot

So far as I know there is no list of Bevin Boys or where they worked, but you could try the Bevin Boys Association or possibly Jeremy Cousins, you register with him for the Bevin Boy Badge so he must have quite a list by now.


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Peter Matthews
15 August 2008
Stanley Matthews - Bevin Boy Kent, I would love to meet anyone who may have worked with my father.

My father, now deceased, was a Bevin Boy in the Kent Collieries, he never talked about it much but I do recall Dad talking about Bettshanger. I would love to meet anyone who may have worked with my father or who has photographs of the lads in the Kent mines as I have no pictures of my father during that period. It would be wonderful to find one to pass on to his grandchildren.

Sincere thanks
Peter Matthews



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