Warwick Talor, MBE and ex Bevin Boy died on Saturday, 6 October, 2018.
I knew Warwick for twelve years when I first ventured into the relatively unknown world of the Bevin Boy for a story I was contemplating writing.
Researching the Bevin Boys was not easy as there was little information on the internet back in 2006. However with the help of Warwick and other Bevin Boys whom I've met over the years I wrote my story, and am in the process of looking for a publisher/production company.
With all the information that Warwick gave me, I decided to create this website (if only it had been in existence when I was researching!) and I know that many ex-Bevin Boys and their families have enjoyed looking at all the information and photographs that I have gathered.
Warwick and I became very good friends over the years, and I attended many of his reunions in Bournemouth. In 2012 Warwick invited me to march with the Bevin Boys on Remembrance Day in London. This was the last time the Bevin Boys marched on the Remembrance Day Parade.
Warwick devoted a large part of his life to the Bevin Boys and their cause, and I intend to keep his memory and the memory of the Bevin Boys alive in any way I can.
Badge can be issued to men who were conscripted directly into the mines, those who opted for mine work in preference to joining the Armed Forces, or those who were in the Armed Forces and volunteered to become miners during the period 1942-1948.
The Bevin Boys scheme was introduced in 1942 by the then Minister for Labour and National Service, Ernest Bevin. The scheme ran between 1942 and 1948 and involved recruiting men to work in coal mines during and immediately following World War 2.
The badge is available to all surviving Bevin Boys and formally recognises their work in the UK coalfields during and immediately after World War II. The badge can only be issued posthumously to the widows of men who died on or after 20 June 2007 and fall into the above category.
The application form for the badge can be found here:
Or you can contact the Department of Energy and climate change who administer the badge
on 0300 068 5716
Bevin Boy Commemorate Medal
For the relatives of deceased Bevin Boys who do not qualify for the Government Bevin Boy Badge (those Bevin Boys who died before 2007) a Commemorative Medal has been commissioned by the Bevin Boys' Association.
The Bevin Boy Medal is available to Ballotees, Optants, Volunteers and next of kin called up between 1943 and 1948.
The medal is solid silver and can be ordered here: