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  • Jan Wood (Wednesday, January 11 17 01:20 pm GMT)

    My father was a Bevin Boy in 1944. I know that he was in lodgings in the Burslem area of The Potteries and have found his name on a list for 1944. Would like to find out which pit he was in.Can anyone point me the right direction to find the info ?

  • Mary Blake nee Milner (Tuesday, October 11 16 08:41 pm BST)

    My Grandfather Henry Milner was involved in the training of the Bevin Boys at The Government Training Centre at Cresswell. We are trying to find any information if possible of Granddads time there.

  • Karen Bate (Monday, June 06 16 04:13 pm BST)

    My grandfather was a foreman and also one of the mine safety officers at a pit in Lancashire. When I was little he told me the story of the Bevan Boys he worked with and instilled in me his own sense
    of injustice that their work and sacrifice (I believe he tried to rescue one Bevan Boy who didn't make it and several who were injured) had not been respected. He died before their work was finally
    recognised but I think he would have been applauding from heaven.

  • Lerina Stack (Monday, April 25 16 05:05 pm BST)

    I was able to attend the remembrance sunday parade at the cenotaph in 2011, l did this to honour my father Gordon Arthur Wright who passed away in April of that year, please can his name be put on
    the rememberance list. He was humbled to receive his Bevin boy badge thankyou

  • Chris morton (Friday, March 04 16 04:53 pm GMT)

    To all Bevin boys I salute you please can my fathers name be put on list thanks his name was william Patrick morton

  • James Dunn (Tuesday, December 29 15 09:29 pm GMT)

    Served in Midlothian and Lanarkshire coal fields.

  • Melanie Wright (Sunday, November 08 15 08:30 pm GMT)

    Does anyone remember Ronald Bennett.I don't know what mine he worked in. He would have been 90 this year.He died in 1998 so sadly we couldn't apply for a veteran badge.

  • David Stancill (Sunday, November 08 15 07:41 pm GMT)

    I took a party of Bevin Boys down whitemoor mine in the shel you complex. I had a photo but I have lost it during moving. Could you please let me know where I could find a copy of the photo please

  • Julia cook (Saturday, September 05 15 06:57 pm BST)

    Does anyone remember my dad John Thomas Olver who was a Bevin Boy in Wales.
    He got coal dust on his lungs and died aged 40 leaving mum with 4 children.
    He was a lovely,honest man who loved his family.
    I was 10 when he died and know nothing about his time in the mine. He suffered greatly but never once grumbled.
    I would love to hear from anyone who knew him, he would have been 90 this year.
    A true Cornish man.

  • A Booth (Tuesday, August 11 15 07:41 pm BST)

    My father was a Bevin Boy. His name was John Booth. he was from Lancashire and he worked in a colliery in Nottinghamshire. He died in 2012 but he had decided not to apply for a medal when they came
    out, I am not sure why, I think he felt embarrassed that he was not in the armed forces - he had wanted to go in the Navy but he had some medical issues I believe. He still was proud of the work he
    did though and we still have his hard hat / helmet. His name is nowhere and as my Mum has also since died she cannot apply for a medal or badge. I would like his name to be added to your list of
    remembrance but I have no documentation or details. But he lived, he served and he has now died, my father John Alwyn Booth from Bolton. Thanks for reading.

  • Laurie Sharpe (Wednesday, June 24 15 02:52 am BST)

    Does anyone have memories of Ernest (Ernie) Sharpe who trained at Askern and worked at Mexborough. I have a couple of pictures but would like to know more, sadly he passed away lady year

  • helen savory (Thursday, April 23 15 09:57 pm BST)

    Does anybody remember leslie savory, he was conscripted to the mines during the war. There was two of them from our local village of clifton bedfordshire. He didnt talk much about his life down the
    mines, and would like to know more

  • David stancill (Sunday, February 08 15 07:19 pm GMT)

    This Brings back great memories. I was one of the staff who took tne began boys down white or mine. Would like to purchase a copy of the photo.

  • Julie Hewitt (Sunday, October 26 14 04:18 pm GMT)

    My Uncle, Ronald Hewitt was apparently a Bevin Boy. He was, however, from a long line of miners.

  • Lawrence Kitchen (Thursday, September 25 14 06:31 pm BST)

    I was a Bevin Boy when I was eighteen. Reg Taylor was a close friend of mine. He did our wedding photographs. I worked at the Prince of Wales Colliery. I live in Nova Scotia Canada Tel. 902-455-0650
    would love to hear from other surviving Bevin Boys

  • Oriole Paul (nee) Edgar (Friday, July 11 14 06:30 am BST)

    My father Ian Bell Edgar told his daughters he was lined up with other conscripts and he was picked to go down the Kirconnel pit. He was a carpenter putting in the pit props.We will apply for a
    widows badge for his wife. Thank you for the acknowlegement

  • Graham Bown (Monday, July 07 14 10:02 pm BST)

    I'm proud of my Dad, Ronald. He's in this website and with the rest of 'The Boys' - he's a part of this Country's proud heritage - forever

  • jakki anslow (Wednesday, May 14 14 05:35 pm BST)

    What a wonderful site
    thank you
    I have traced my father Peter Leslie Taylor's call up record KTN 280527 June 945

  • Gillian Smith (Sunday, April 06 14 09:05 pm BST)

    My father Maurice Ward was a Bevin Boy and a member of the association. He was in the Nottinghamshire coalfields. He died 16/10/13 age 87. As a child he talked very little about his time as a Bevin
    Boy it was only when my children wanted to know more he started to talk and write things down. He was very proud of his Bevin Boy badge which was left to my son.

  • Susan & Paul (Saturday, March 22 14 10:59 pm GMT)

    Our Dad, Kenneth Grummitt, was a Bevin Boy in Nottinghamshire. He shared his story with us and then his grandchildren, and used to show us the fine dark lines of coal dust in the skin on his legs. He
    was the only young man to be conscripted locally and he was immensely proud to receive his badge and recognition a few months before he died in December 2008. Thank you so much for a marvellous
    website

  • Mark Truby (Thursday, March 06 14 10:54 pm GMT)

    Just wondering if anyone knew or have read of anything about my grandad Ronald Tapping. He was a Bevin Boy in the war and I'd love to find out more about that time.

  • Richard Mogg (Monday, January 06 14 07:16 pm GMT)

    I just wondered if anyone knew my dad David Mogg who was at Canterbury Training mine in 1944 aged 19, unfortunately he died in 1997 but he told he was near Deal I think, he didn't like the mines and
    left to join the Artillery and ended up in Portsmouth.

  • William. Smith (Friday, November 22 13 02:13 pm GMT)

    I was as a. Bevin boy and spent my life being ashamed never told anyone that I was in the mines. When all my friends were called up for the forces. I contracted T B there but was told if you are off
    work again you will be prosecuted and sent to jail

  • charles stewart (Wednesday, October 02 13 10:53 pm BST)

    my father Charles stewart was a bevin boy who wanted to go to navy but ran away from themines to join the Gordon highlanders

  • Jennie Falconer (Tuesday, September 17 13 08:43 pm BST)

    What a great site this is. My dad, Denis Forbes was a Bevin Boy at Silverdale mine. We got him his medal, but sadly he died in 2012. He was the first to go to the mines from his home town of
    Guildford in Surrey, which was reported in the local paper and later in a book about the town. I am so pleased to see that there is at last a memorial to these brave men.

  • Annie Bell (Friday, June 14 13 06:34 pm BST)

    I have so enjoyed looking through this archive. My father was a Bevin Boy. He sadly died in 1998 - the very year you could parade at the Cenotaph. My son, is now taking up the challenge for my mother
    turning 85 in August to get a pin in his memory as he died before the 2007 date.I will show her this site when I next visit. She will be so pleased to see it as will my son. Does anyone remember my
    father Kenneth Martin, he mined at Glyncastle Colliery, Resolven?

  • Helena Grant (Thursday, June 13 13 04:41 pm BST)

    Does anyone remember Alan Morton who was a Bevin Boy from March 1945 and worked in Tunnel Pit Warwickshire? He is now 88 years old.

  • Heather Headland (Tuesday, May 07 13 11:07 pm BST)

    " At last a memorial a place to remember for now and the future " Thank you Bevin Boys X

  • Margaret (Tuesday, May 07 13 05:23 pm BST)

    Does anyone remember Frank W Smith Church Street Leigh. He was a Bevin Boy and stil lives in Leigh

  • Heather Headland (Friday, November 09 12 05:58 pm GMT)

    I know you will be marching with pride on this the last march past the cenetaph well done lads Our Bevin Boys X
    Gratefull thanks to those who commisioned the Bevin Boy Medal as Bernard has passed away before he could have his veterans badge this will now be passed through the generations of the Headland family
    along with the story told with pride of what he did in WW2

  • Heather Headland (Thursday, November 08 12 12:22 pm GMT)

    Gratefull Thanks for preserving this peice of history The Bevin Boys live on and the proud memories will live on X

Bevin Boy Veteran Badge

 

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 adminsiter the badge,

on 0300 068 5716

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