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Memorial details

Memorial type
Stone of remembrance
District
Lichfield
Town
Alrewas
County
Staffordshire
Country
England
Commemoration
Second World War - civilians
Maker
Harry Parkes, Graeme Mitcheson ARBS
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 07-05-2013
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
  • Foundation Stone
    Date: 14 July 2011
    Attended by: Undefined
  • Dedicated
    Date: 07-05-2013
    Attended by: HRH Countess of Wessex GCVO
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
64364
Current location

Memorial is in Garden Zone at intersection of Millennium Avenue and Giffard Avenue
National Memorial Arboretum
Croxall Road
Alrewas
Lichfield
Staffordshire
DE13 7BB
England

OS Grid Ref: SK 18352 14523
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
A memorial comprising four rough-cast standing Kilkenny quarry stones within a small garden with a dedicatory circular plaque. Stone 1: Engraving of pithead gear, being the badge of the Bevin Boys, with inscription. Stone 2: Inscription Stone 3: Engraving of miner's boot, spade, helmet and other equipment with square inset engraved inscription Stone 4: Dedicatory inscription below pithead gear engraving Plaque: Circular metal plaque on spike with inscription. A stone bench is placed in front of the memorial. Three planted trees represent the regions in which the Bevin boys served: narrow oak (England); mountain ash (Wales) and Scots pine (Scotland).
Inscription
[Stone 1]: BEVIN BOYS/ WE ALSO SERVED/ 1943-1948 [Stone 2]: THE BEVIN BOYS WERE/NATIONAL SERVICE CONSCRIPTS DIRECTED TO/ WORK UNDERGROUND IN/BRITISH COAL MINES/ PROVIDING UNSKILLED/ LABOUR/TO SAFEGUARD/ VITAL COAL PRODUCTION/TO POWER THE BRITISH/ WAR EFFORT AND/ PRODUCE COAL/ FOR THE/ NATION. [STONE 3]: WHO WERE BEVIN BOYS/ IN 1943, THIS COUNTRY FACED A CRISIS IN COAL PRODUCTION AS THERE WAS ONLY/ THREE WEEKS OF COAL STOCK AVAILABLE. THIS PUT OUR COUNTRY'S ABILITY/ TO WIN THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN JEOPARDY./ THE THEN PRIME MINISTER, WINSTON CHURCHILL, CHARGED ERNEST BEVIN, HIS/ MINISTER OF LABOUR AND NATIONAL SERVICE, TO INCREASE COAL PRODUCTION./ MR. BEVIN DECIDED THAT FROM ALL 18 TO 24 YEAR OLD MEN CONSCRIPTS DRAFTED/ TO SERVE IN THE ARMED FORCES, ONE IN TEN WERE TO BE DIRECTED - ON PAIN OF IMPRISONMENT, AND IRRESPECTIVE OF BACKGROUND OR ABILITY - TO WORK/ UNDERGROUND IN BRITISH COAL MINES./ APPROXIMATELY 48,000 BEVIN BOYS (AS THEY CAME TO BE KNOWN)/ UNDERTOOK UNSKILLED MANUAL JOBS TO RELEASE MORE EXPERIENCED MINERS / TO MOVE ON TO COAL PRODUCTION AT THE COAL FACE./ THE ROLE PLAYED BY THE BEVIN BOYS SHOULD NOT BE LOST TO HISTORY. [Stone 4]: DEDICATED/ BY / HRH THE/ COUNTESS/ OF/ WESSEX/ G.C.V.O./ 7 MAY 2013 [Plaque]: THE BEVIN BOYS/ ASSOCIATION/ DEDICATED TO THE / 48,000 BEVIN BOY CONSCRIPTS/ WHO WORKED UNDERGROUND IN/ THE COAL MINES OF ENGLAND,/ WALES AND SCOTLAND/ FROM 1943 TO 1948.
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • Second World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Stone of remembrance
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Limestone (kilkenny)
  • Stone of remembrance
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Limestone (kilkenny)
  • Stone of remembrance
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Limestone (kilkenny)
  • Stone of remembrance
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Limestone (kilkenny)
  • Plaque
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Metal
  • Seat
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Limestone (kilkenny)
  • Tree
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Undefined
Listing information
Condition
History
2011- 14 July three pieces of stone were installed. An additional one was added to incorporate the dedicatory inscription. The stone was chosen to resemble coal when wet.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference

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