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    During the Second World War, some 48,000 men were conscripted to work in the coal mines via a lottery. These conscripts were called ‘Bevin Boys’, named after Ernest Bevin, the Minister of Labour and National Service in the wartime coalition government.

    The Bevin Boys performed vital but largely unrecognised service in the mines. They joined the regular miners in their extremely hard and dangerous work keeping Britain’s coal supplies flowing, and many lost their lives.

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    On This Day in 2013, HRH The Countess of Wessex dedicated The Bevin Boys Memorial at the Arboretum.
    "Our veterans did not forget about us .... Let's not forget about them." From Michael Levesque

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    Nothing like the Bovver Boys though i hope! LOL
    Sorry just had to!
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    When I left school previous to in 1951 the government careers officer was doing visits to schools and recruiting for the industries in their particular region. Where I lived was for the mining industry , not Bevin Boys at that time, Ship Building. The Fishing Fleets, And the Merchant Navy. Not one of those industries today have survived to the extent they should have. What we had then and what we have today , bears no resemblance to what should have been, most of this blame can be laid at the feet of blinkered , what are termed politicians , and no matter how others may put the blame elsewhere , they are the ones who must carry the buck. The same as most others bear responsibility for their actions. Or in most cases in this case No Actions. JS
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