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Miners who worked during the war

Well here we are again nearly armistice day again and the Bevin Boys will be parading past the Cenotaph with their medals .What about all the ordinary miners who worked down the pit who had no choice because it was a reserved occupation .All those miners who worked down the pit before ,during and after the war .No medals ,not a kiss my **** or a thankyou ,just sweet F A.I think the government should have awarded a medal to every man who worked in the coal industry during the war.Makes my BLOOD BOIL .There was a lot more than the bevin boys did their bit in the pits for the war effort.What do the N.M.M.A think of this injustice

Re: Miners who worked during the war

bit before my time but didnt they only get a badge? i know a chap who was a bevin boy and he stayed in the mines after the war as did a lot of bevin boys, i think the sympathy if you can call it that is because they were forced into the mines and had no choice and a lot of them were not cut out to do such a ardious job plus they had to go to which ever pit they were sent and lived in baracks. but dont let it get you down its a long time ago.