Bevin boys

Coal was in short supply in World War II, so it was decided by the then Minister of Labour, Ernest Bevin, that there would be a ballot to determine whether the conscript should go into the armed services or work in the mines. These conscript miners were given the nick name ‘Bevin Boys’. They came to North Staffordshire from the whole range of classes and professions. No one was given preference and all were treated the same.

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