One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(during the Second World War), a young man of age for National Service selected by lot to work as a miner.
- ‘He was immortalised in the ‘Bevin boys’, an alternative to National Service in which men from different backgrounds, including public schools, were conscripted to go down the mines.’
- ‘Bevin Boys are often known as the "Forgotten Conscripts".’
- ‘In another you can see the Bevin boys, the miners who ensured Britain did not run out of coal during the war.’
- ‘With the ending of the order for prosecution of Bevin boys for non-attendance it became impractical to retain the compulsory labour force.’
- ‘Miners' sons were forced down the pits, and from December 1943 Bevin boys were employed.’
Named after Ernest Bevin (see Bevin, Ernest).
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