POEMS

 

 

Your Farewell from Crynant

 

 

 

Farewell dear comrade, farewell

 

As you depart for native land

 

Where you’ll entertain your friends with many tales

 

Of the time you spent way down in Wales

 

You came here to help in the battle for coal

 

Changed from a city boy to a human mole

 

But I think you never did regret

 

The changes, because of the friends you met

 

Friends that will miss you for years to come

 

For their friendship and confidence you had won

 

In work, and on the sporting field

 

Your absence, all brynawell will miss

 

And most of all we’ll miss you on the corner

 

Where we all spent many a happy hour

 

You are leaving now the hardship of the colliery

 

To your old job in the refrigerator factory

 

And when you are snug and warm in your new abode

 

Think of your comrades down in Cefn Coed

 

Tell the cockneys as they sit around the fire

 

Of the courage and sacrifices of the miner

 

So, as I hope that you succeed to reach the top

 

Let your memory go back to the nights in shanty shop

 

And if you meet a Welshman, shake him by the hand

 

In friendship for your stay in that little land.

 

 

Skid Bace (November 1947)

 

(Thanks to John Breeden for this poem which was given to him from a friend when he was demobbed in 1947)

 

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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