My eldest brother David Arthur William Bolingbroke (d.o.b.30 Sep 1926) was a Bevin boy in the mines (somewhere to the north) and living in Brighton, Sussex along with his mum and at the time had 2 other younger brothers and a sister.
He had a bad time in the mines and absconded!! On finding his way home sometime after my Mother found that he was virtually covered in sceptic spots/sores, which she has described to me on referring to the time as being boils!! On finding my brother in this condition she “ran” a bath and bathed him in a Dettol like solution.
The day after she recalled that a police constable came to the house and stated that if he was to find his way back home that she should inform the authorities ASAP, she replied that he was already at home and invited him to see him, she then showed him his back (only) which was obviously still in a poor way (as was most of his body) She added that there would be NO way she would allow him to be taken or return to the mines!! The officer agreed to this but would have to report back.
After this (and being close to the end of the war) it was agreed David would do his National Service, this he did and served in the 6th Airborne Brigade and served in Palestine (Haiffa)
To me he was my hero, he was unlucky, he had a lovely wife Dorothy who died after giving birth to my niece Sheila in 1954.
David sadly died whilst living in retirement in Thailand of testicular cancer and other complications, (MINES??)
I am glad to say his daughter and her husband, and my son at different times had visited him in his adopted country.