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Title: Directed to the mines : the Bevin Boys, 1943 to 1948
Author: Kneif, Mary Ann
Awarding Body: University of Kent
Current Institution: University of Kent
Date of Award: 2005
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This thesis is concerned with the coal industry during and just after the Second World War, in particular with the role of young men directed to the mines. These recruits (conscripts, volunteers and optants) came to be known as Bevin Boys, named after Ernest Bevin, the Minister of Labour in the coalition Government. Nearly 50,000 men were directed to the mines under the terms of National Service. The thesis attempts to place the Bevin Boys within the history of labour supply by looking at manpower issues in the Second World War. It also examines the Bevin Boys' experiences of the life in mines and their contribution to the war effort. It aims to establish the Bevin Boys firmly in the history of coalmining and to show how far their experiences helped to influence the future of the coalmining industry after the war. It places them within the context and historiography concerning 'total war' and the 'war and society' debate. The thesis relies mainly on primary sources: official reports, oral testimonies, Mass Observation material and answers to questionnaires. The thesis includes transcripts of interviews on a CD.
Supervisor: Connelly, Mark L. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: DA Great Britain