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Bevin Boys - Ernest Bevin 1881 - 1951
Bevin Boy's Help Emails
Contact Bevin Boys Association


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





Bevin Boys Pages

Gerald Walter Thompson - Bevin Boy, I want to get in touch with friends
Pauline Woodford - Did anyone out there work down the Hartshay Colliery, or Kirkby, between the years 1944 to 1947,as a Bevin boy? Did you know Archiebald Woodford, 'Killer'
R.C. Dawe - I was a Bevin Boy at Treharris Deep Navigation Mine, Can find the relevant dates and length of service etc
Stan Durban - I was posted to Shipley Coppice in July 1944
Liz Sanderson - My father, Richard Robinson was a 'Bevin Boy' during the war
Pauline Woodford - URGENT Is there a list of Bevin boys who were called up?
Ken Ashton - I Was a Bevin Boy at Newmarket Colliery



Did anyone out there work down the Hartshay Colliery, or Kirkby, between the years 1944 to 1947,as a Bevin boy? Can anyone remember Archiebald Woodford, 'Killer'
Pauline Woodford
Tue 10/02/2004

Please could u put this on your help page? Is there anyone out there who worked down the Hartshay Colliery, or Kirkby, in between the years 1944 to 1947,as a Bevin boy? My father Archiebald Woodford did. His nick name was 'Killer'. or could anyone give me any information. He also played football.
Many thanks. Pauline Woodford. (daughter)


I was a Bevin Boy at Treharris Deep Navigation Mine,
Can find the relevant dates and length of service etc

R.C. Dawe

Wed 14/01/2004

I was a Bevin Boy at Treharris Deep Navigation Mine, South Wales, it must have been around 1943.
Is there any way that I can find the relevant dates and length of service etc. as at the time I was only too happy to forget all about it.

R.C. Dawe


I was posted to Shipley Coppice in July 1944
Stan Durban
25 June 2002

I was a Bevin Boy, I was posted to the above pit after training at Creswell Training Centre, in July 1944. Did two weeks training on the bank at Bottom End, then haulage work, lived in a hostel in Eastwood. After about 3 months I was put in a stall or heading with two brothers, wasn't too popular with them, never did find out why, money I think.
Then I went on the face as a Codger, Youth clearing the spillage on the bottom belt. Worked with a team, Herbert Keeling, John Allsop, our shotfirer was Joe Knight.T
hen I was put boring, that was the best job I had, Derby County were at there best, so some of the lads went missing for the day and I got put in a length, the lads looked after me, I was earning good money. They tried to teach me to chew tobacco, never did take to it.
Left in 1947 when my time was up, wouldn't have missed it for the world.
You have a good site.

Sincerely Stan Durban


I was posted to Shipley Coppice in July 1944
Stan Durban
25 June 2002

I was a Bevin Boy, I was posted to the above pit after training at Creswell Training Centre, in July 1944. Did two weeks training on the bank at Bottom End, then haulage work, lived in a hostel in Eastwood. After about 3 months I was put in a stall or heading with two brothers, wasn't too popular with them, never did find out why, money I think.
Then I went on the face as a Codger, Youth clearing the spillage on the bottom belt. Worked with a team, Herbert Keeling, John Allsop, our shotfirer was Joe Knight.T
hen I was put boring, that was the best job I had, Derby County were at there best, so some of the lads went missing for the day and I got put in a length, the lads looked after me, I was earning good money. They tried to teach me to chew tobacco, never did take to it.
Left in 1947 when my time was up, wouldn't have missed it for the world.
You have a good site.

Sincerely Stan Durban


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My father, Richard Robinson was a 'Bevin Boy' during the war
Liz Sanderson.
05/05/2002

I was interested to find your site.
My father, Richard Robinson was from a long line of miners and went into the pits himself aged 14.
He was a 'Bevin Boy' during the war and afterwards joined the mines rescue brigade in Rotherham, Yorkshire.
Dad moved to Wakefield and was deputy superintendent there, and was involved in the Lofthouse colliery disaster and in recovering bodies from Flixborough.
He had a rich fund of information about life in the mines; please get in touch if you would be interested in more information.
I should be interested to see if anyone remembers Dad and the stations/incidents he was involved in.
I will forward more information once I have time to really get it in order! -
I have a photo of Dad and some of the brigade men, a press photo done for a briefing at the time of the Lofthouse disaster - please let me know if you would like me to mail this. I think your website is a marvellous tribute to the men involved in mines.
Regards
Liz Sanderson.


URGENT Is there a list of Bevin boys who were called up?
Pauline Woodford
Sun 16/11/2003

Hello please can u help me. I am trying to find out about when my father was a Bevin boy. The only information I have is that he was 18, was a Bevin boy in a mine in Mansfield Notts.
I don't know how I would be able to find out the name of the mine. He stayed with a family called the Gents. He all so said that there was a social club or some thing like that were he once went back to a few years ago someone did know him even after all that time. Sadly he passed a way 11 years ago now. I have been trying ever since; he did have a nick name 'killer' on his hat. He played football. He was football mad. He had an accident and was in hospital for 9 moths. His name was Archibald Woodford D.o.B 18.11.26. He may have been known as Arthur or Archie as he never liked his real name. Please if u could help in any way I would really be very great full. I am getting very desperate. He also said that loads of photos were all ways been taken. It would be great if I could just get even a photo of him for my mother as she is in very poor heath now. I did wonder if there is a list of Bevin boys who were called up, maybe then I could find out the name of his mine. the only other thing I know is that the name East Kirkby was another part my mother remembers the full address what my mother thinks is east Kirkby, Mansfield, Durham Notts but we are not sure if she has this right. Any help would be a great help after all this time.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, sorry if it's a bit messed up I just tried to get it all down, new to all this on a computer, my husband brought this to try and help me.
Thanks.
Pauline Woodford. (Daughter)

Hi Fionn
This is a nice one, is Pauline on the web ? If she is suggest she logs on to 'PITS IN THE EAST MIDLANDS' there is a list which may give her a clue. Her Dad probably did his training at Creswell Training Centre where I did mine, there is no list to my knowledge, I was in a hostel at Worksop & then Forest Town Mansfield, but I went to Derbyshire. She could try The Bevin Boys Association.
PUBLICITY & ARCHIVES
W.H. TAYLOR. MBE
49a HOGSHILL STREET
BEAMINSTER
DORSET
DT8 3AGThere is an East Kirkby in Ashfield Notts; if she enters that in the PC there is a fair bit of info about pits. Can't see how the Durham bit is relevant. Give Pauline my best wishes & if she thinks I can help let me know. Stan Durban

Hello
thank you for putting my email on the computer and please can you say a big thank you to Stan Durban for taking the time to help me. I now have the name of the colliery the first 1 was Kirkby, the second one was Hartshay, but the print is very hard to read. I have not got any more information on them as yet, or any photos, but I will not give up.
Once again thank you to all that has taken the time to help.

Pauline


I Was a Bevin Boy at Newmarket Colliery
Ken Ashton
Mon 24/11/2003

I was a bevin boy at newmarket colliery during ww2. my name Ken Ashton.
seeking Doug Fletcher from Bradford or john Sutcliffe from Leeds(Hunslet I think).


Gerald Walter Thompson, Bevin Boy, I want to get in touch with friends
Gerry Thompson
30 December 2004

Hello!
Anyone know Gerald Walter Thompson, Bevin Boy, I want to get in touch with friends.

Cheers
Gerald Walter Thompson


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