Unfortunately there are no call-up records that have survived of Bevin Boys as these were destroyed during the 1950s with the exception of the Midlands Region which have been kept by National Archives for permanent preservation and include approximately 8,000 names which represents approximately 1/6th of the total number of Bevin Boys which include Ballotees, Optants, Volunteers all of whom were conscripted for National Service during WW2.
The Midlands Region covers quite a large area and include the following towns:
Alcester, Aston, Atherstone, Audley
Bedworth, Biddulph, Bilston, Birmingham, Bloxwich, Bridgenorth, Brierley Hill, Bromyard, Broomsgrove, Brownhills, Burslem, Burton-on-Trent
Cannock, Chasetown, Cheadle, Chesterton, Church Stretton, Cleobury Mortimer, Coleshill, Coventry, Cradley Heath
Darlaston, Derby, Droitwich, Dudley
Handsworth, Halesowen, Hanley, Hednesford, Hereford
Kenilworth, Kidderminster, Kidsgrove, Kington
Leamington Spa, Ledbury, Leek, Leominster, Lichfield, Llanberis, Longton, Ludlow
Malvern, Market Drayton
Newcstle-under-Lyme, Newport, Nuneaton
Oakengates, Oldbury, Osweatry
Redditch, Ross-on-Wye, Rugby, Rugeley
Selly Oak, Shrewsbury, Small Heath, Smethwick, Southam, Sparkhill, Stafford, Stone-on-Trent, Stone, Stonebridge, Stourbridge, Stratford-on-Avon, Stourport-on-Servern, Sutton Coldfield, Swynnerton
Tamworth, Tenbury Wells, Tipton, Treorchy
Walsall, Washwood Heath, Wellington, West Bromwich, Wednesday, Whitchurch, Willenhall, Willington, Worcester, Wolverhampton
W Taylor (Bevin Boy Archivist)
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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: