Meaning of Bevin boy in English:

Bevin boy


  • (during the Second World War), a young man of age for National Service selected by lot to work as a miner.

    ‘In another you can see the Bevin boys, the miners who ensured Britain did not run out of coal during the war.’
    • ‘He was immortalised in the ‘Bevin boys’, an alternative to National Service in which men from different backgrounds, including public schools, were conscripted to go down the mines.’
    • ‘Miners' sons were forced down the pits, and from December 1943 Bevin boys were employed.’
    • ‘Bevin Boys are often known as the "Forgotten Conscripts".’
    • ‘With the ending of the order for prosecution of Bevin boys for non-attendance it became impractical to retain the compulsory labour force.’


Named after Ernest Bevin (see Bevin, Ernest).