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Bevin Boys - Ernest Bevin 1881 - 1951
Bevin Boy's Emails, Page 19
Contact Bevin Boys Association


Taken from the BBC's Archive of WW2 memories 
Written by the public, gathered by the BBC - See Copyright




John Harwood - I was a Bevin Boy - Moorgreen Colliery, 1945-48
Cath Burley - My Father, Roland Bowler, Was a Bevin Boy in Nottinghamshire
Chris Morton - I’m trying to find out where my late dad, William Patrick Morton, might have been a Bevin Boy
Carol Aldis - My Father, William Hutton, Was a Bevin Boy Based in Knutton, Staffordshire
Doreen Walsh nee James - My father, Maurice Herbert James was a recruitment officer for the Bevin Boys
Ken Richardson - I think my father, Amos Richardson was a Bevin Boy in Barnsley Yorkshire
Graham Ingram - My eldest brother David Arthur William Bolingbroke (d.o.b.30 Sep 1926) was a Bevin boy
Jan Woodbridge - Does anyone remember my late father Ronald Assheton DOB 8 Oct 1925 was a Bevin Boy at Bentley Colliery
Phil Newton - I knew a violinist in the 50s and 60s in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra he was a Bevin Boy

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John Harwood
5 May 2018
Bevan Boy - Moorgreen Colliery
I've just found your website. I was a Bevin Boy at Moorgreen from 1945-48. The pit was in the process of converting to skip winding, with large diesel locos pulling wagons. I lived at the Miners' hostel in Eastwood. Memories!

John Harwood

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Cath Burley
25 Apr 2016
My Father, Roland Bowler, Was a Bevin Boy in Nottinghamshire

My father, Roland Bowler, was a Bevin boy in Nottinghamshire and I would like to trace his records of his time in the mines.

How would I do that please?

Best wishes
Catherine Burley


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Chris Morton
15 Dec 2013
I’m trying to find out where my late dad, William Patrick Morton, might have been a Bevin Boy

Hi I’m trying to find out where my late dad might have been a Bevin Boy, which coal mine town etc. I’ve attached a picture not sure if it is where he was but if anyone has any idea I’d love to know  My father is the 3rd from left, William Patrick Morton or Bill.

Many thanks
Chris Morton.
Son


You could try:-

The Bevin Boys Association

The Forgotten Conscript.co.uk

OR write to:-

D.Elizabeth Todd [Mrs]
“The Chalet”,
24 Oldfield Way,
Heswall, Wirral,
Merseyside
CH60 6RG

Website: www.bevinboysassociation.co.uk 


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Carol Aldis
15 Dec 2013
My Father, William Hutton, Was a Bevin Boy Based in Knutton, Staffordshire

My dad was a Bevin Boy.   He was based in Knutton, Staffordshire

He was demobbed on 16 Oct 1947

He was in group 60

I believe he was in Holditch Pit, known as the Brymbo.

I believe he was involved in an accident which his mate, Jim Carr, or Barr was killed.  I think it was some time in 1947 as he had a letter from his mate’s wife dated August 1947.

I have already e mailed someone who said they will put his name in the remembrance book.

My dad died on 10 Feb 2005.

I have tried to get information but there is no reference to the Bevin Boys or even the accident.


Sorry, I have looked around but come up with nothing.


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Doreen Walsh nee James
19 Nov 2013
My father, Maurice Herbert James was a recruitment officer for the Bevin Boys

My father, Maurice Herbert James, of 10 New St., Hepthorn Lane, Nr Chesterfield, Derbyshire worked in the mines in his youth years, then when the war broke out he was made a recruitment officer for the Bevin Boys.

Until his retirement he worked for the national coal board.

Mrs. Doreen Walsh nee James

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Ken Richardson
04 August 2013
I think my father, Amos Richardson was a Bevin Boy in Barnsley Yorkshire
Dear Sir

I think my father was a Bevin Boy I know he was first in the RAF and later went to work in the coal mines, his name is Amos Richardson, I think at the time he lived in Barnsley Yorkshire.

If you have any think about him please contact me

Kind Regards

Ken Richardson

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Thank you for your email and info, I was wondering if I could approach this from a different angle, I know his RAF number and some of the places he was stationed is there an organization I could contact to find more info about him?

Kind Regards

Ken Richardson ( son )


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Graham Ingram
08 May 2013
My eldest brother David Arthur William Bolingbroke (d.o.b.30 Sep 1926) was a Bevin boy
Hello,
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.  

Graham Ingram


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Jan Woodbridge
27 February 2013
Does anyone remember my late father Ronald Assheton DOB 8 Oct 1925 a Bevin Boy at Bentley Colliery
My late father Ronald Assheton, D.O.B 8 Oct 1925, was a Bevin Boy at Bentley Colliery, just outside Doncaster.

He lived in London, he wanted to join the Navy, but was called to the mines.

He lodged in a house on The Avenue, Bentley.
Does anyone remember him?

I went to Eden Camp today in Yorkshire, they have a small Bevin Boys exhibit. I scanned it very closely, looking at names, there was someone from the Doncaster area, but I know there were a lot of Bevin Boys in the Welsh mines.

Sent from Jan's iPad

See Also Postcard of West Stanly Disaster

and William Gardner and pony rescued from the pit.


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Phil Newton
05 February 2013
I knew a violinist in the 50s and 60s in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra he was a Bevin Boy
Hello I knew a violinist in the 50s and 60s who played in the RLPO (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra) and was a Bevin boy.

I met him playing in a St Helens Amateurs show Carousell at the St Helens [Lancashire] Theatre Royal in 1958 He said he wore gloves down the pit.

I’d be interested in anything about the show and miss Twist and musical director Joe Pass

Best
Phil Newton

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