The Forgotten Conscripts

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Gerry Northam unearths the neglected story of the Bevin Boys, the 50,000 young men who during the Second World War had no option but to go down the mines, to provide the coal on which British industry and shipping relied.

Without their contribution, the country's war effort could have been seriously impaired, so why have these reluctant miners been overlooked for so long?