Monday, May 13, 2013

The Bravery of the Bevin Boys


This piece of mine appears in the Daily Express

THEY were for a long time among the forgotten heroes of the Second World War.

The Bevin Boys was the name given to the 48,000 or so young men aged between 18 and 25 who were conscripted by the government to work down the mines during the period 1943-48.

The part they played in the war effort was not officially honoured until 2007 when the government announced that they would be awarded a Veterans Badge. But this week there was further recognition of their important role when the Countess of Wessex unveiled a memorial, designed by former Bevin Boy Harry Parkes, at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

You can read the whole piece here.

2 comments:

K Naylor said...

Good piece.

I wish you would return a bit more to Central & Rastern Eupoe in other interesting pieces. The Hungarian government of FIDESZ is being demonised by the EU mandarins for arguning with IMF diktant and attempting to reverse some aspects of the neoliberalism of the MSZP.

Bulgaria is collapsing too both politically and economically

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/may/14/bulgarians-politics-elections?commentpage=1

My blog deals with the betrayal of Bulgaria by the West and it's craven, subservient placemen in Bulgaria who exploit the chaos to preserve their interests while impoverishing the minority.

http://easterneuropewatch.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-betrayal-of-bulgaria-dialogue-on.html

Neil Clark said...

Hi Karl,
cheers, many thanks.
hope to write about eastern/central europe again soon- what's going on there at the moment absolutely heartbreaking. thanks for the link.