No Medals

Conscripted for Coal Mining

by Jack Agnew



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/31/2007

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 232
ISBN : 9781434333384
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 1
ISBN : 9781467020343

About the Book

During the Second World War Britain was so short of vital coal supplies and coal miners that the authorities offered ex miners in the armed forces the opportunity to return to mining. This offer was a failure, so conscription was introduced. At 18, fit young men, chosen by ballot, were conscripted for underground coal mining and became what were known as Bevin Boys, named after Ernest Bevin the Minister of Labour whose scheme it was.Most of the conscripts had never seen a coal mine. This novel is based on the experience of one of them. Set in a Britain drained by war, it reflects the class attitudes of the period.

About the Author

Former documentary film maker and college lecturer and now the author of both fiction and non fiction, he has written for both  adults and children. His short stories and articles have been widely published and broadcast. No Medals is his third published novel and is based on his own experience..