Dec 5 2007
Alyn & Deeside MP Mark Tami is calling on any Bevin Boys in Flintshire who are yet to receive their special badges to come forward.
Mr Tami said the unique badges commissioned by the government recognised the sacrifices made by Bevin Boys during and after the Second World War.
He added: “The Bevin Boys scheme was introduced in 1943 by Ernest Bevin in response to an increasing shortage of labour in the coal mining industry.
“The scheme ran between 1943 and 1948, when men aged from 18 to 25 worked in coal mines instead of serving in the armed forces. In total, 48,000 men were either selected or volunteered for the scheme and many of those live in Flintshire.
“The first badges will be issued in March next year, to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the demobbing of the last Bevin Boy,
“If any readers think they are eligible, please call the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency free on 0800 169 2277, or visit www.veteransagnecy.co.uk”
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