During his office as wartime Minister of Labour and National Service, Bevin introduced his scheme for the call-up of young men to the mines as a result of an acute shortage of experienced colliers.
In fact this was only done after an optional scheme had failed and so the name 'Bevin Boys' came into force.
In an appeal from Whitehall he said:
"We've reached a point at which there are not enough miners to produce the amount of coal needed to keep the war effort going. We need 720,000 men continuously employed in this industry. This is where you boys come in. Our fighting men will not be able to achieve their purpose unless we get an adequate supply of coal.
None of you would funk a fight with the enemy and I do not believe it would be said of any of you boys that you failed to respond to the call for coal upon which victory so much depends".
Ernest started his working life as a farm labourer and then changed course and became a docker being appointed Assistant General Secretary of the Dockers' Union in 1911. Bevin organised the amalgamation of several unions, which formed the world's largest, The Transport and General Workers' Union. He played an active part in the General Strike of 1926.
Morecambe was a Bevin Boy: conscripted to work in a coal mine in Accrington from May 1944.
John Eric Bartholomew, OBE (14 May 1926 – 28 May 1984), known by his stage name
Eric Morecambe, was an English comedian who together with Ernie Wise formed the award-winning double act Morecambe and Wise. The partnership lasted from 1941 until Morecambe's death in 1984. Morecambe took his stage name from his home town, the seaside resort of Morecambe.
He was the co-star of the television series The Morecambe & Wise Show, which for some of its Christmas episodes gained UK viewing figures of over twenty-eight million people.
Lord Rix CBE, DL.
Brian Rix was born in Cottingham, Yorkshire, and the son of a Hull shipowner who moved to Hornsea when he was four. In 1942 at the age of eighteen, he became a professional actor and, after serving in the RAF during the war he formed his own Theatre Company in 1947.
In 1950 he presented 'Reluctant Heroes' At the Whitehall Theatre in the West End of London and this began a 30-year run as an actor/manager.
From 1980 to 1987 he was Secretary General of the National Society for Mentally Handicapped Children and Adults, which in 1981, was, designated the Royal Society for Mentally Handicapped Children and Adults, and became the chairman in 1988.
He was associated with many schemes to benefit people with mental handicap and their families, including, among others the MENCAP Homes Foundation.
For this work he has been recognised a number of times. He was appointed CBE in 1977 and has been awarded honorary degrees from several Universities. In June 1986 he received a knighthood and became a Life Baron in 1992.
In the foreword to a book 'The Bevin Boys Story' he said:
"I feel I am writing this foreword under false pretences - for I was not one of the Bevin Boys chosen by ballot - I volunteered when it was plain that my RAF aircrew days were numbered. As I only wanted to be a pilot I elected, when the offer was made, to become a civilian once again - and the only way I could do it was via the Bevin Boy Scheme. Nevertheless, I have never regretted the decision."
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Carol Chase - Why is the Bevin Boys medal only given to men who are still alive?
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Elaine Haskett - My dad would like to take part in the Remembrance March in London
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Ken Ashton - I Was a Bevin Boy at Newmarket Colliery
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Ken Holland Looking for former comrades I met at Silverdale mine North Staffs.
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Rex Staples - I was a Bevin Boy. No record, no pension, no medal!
Shauna - My grandad, Denzil James Horsley, was a Bevin Boy; does a list exists?
Steve Hooson - My Father Alec was a Bevin Boy from age 16
Mary - Paddy Boyle was offered the chance to 'volunteer' to go down the pit
Mr Ernest Denne - was a Bevin boy in Kent from 1943, at possibly the Snowden or Bettshanger collieries
Norman Brickell - Looking for Len Mansell from Liverpool and Ken Knitingale from around Cambridge
Norman Brickell - Broadway Miners Hostel, Barnsley. Any ex "dust eaters" out there?
Stan Durban - I was posted to Shipley Coppice in July 1944
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