World War II: Medals

Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform written question – answered on 17th July 2007.

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Photo of Alan Beith Alan Beith Chair, Constitutional Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will make Bevin Boy badges available to the (a) widows and (b) children of those who qualified for it but have died.

Photo of Malcolm Wicks Malcolm Wicks Minister of State (Energy), Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform

holding answer 3 July 2007

As with other veteran badges, the Bevin Boys badge is a survivors badge and it is intended that it can be worn in public by Bevin Boys to raise awareness of the important role they played during World War II and in the post-war reconstruction of the UK. However, as it is anticipated that the application form will not be launched before October this year, it is proposed that applications will be accepted from the widows of Bevin Boys who died on or after 20 June 2007, when the badge was announced, where a death and marriage certificate are attached to the application. Precise details will be announced when the application form is released.

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Morris Pearce
Posted on 19 Jul 2007 2:51 pm (Report this annotation)

It is a great relief to be told now its not so much a strain on us ageing Bevin Boys who up till now have watched the days and months go by, and hoping we will see the 8th March 2008 and the presentation of the Bevin Boys Badge of Pride.
I would like to make it known that I have great regard for one special MP, I refer of course to Gordon Banks MP ( Ochil and South Perthshire ) who has spared no effort not only to initiate an award to recognize the effort made by Bevin Boys toward the successful completion of WW2, also the status acheived for Widows of "Boys" who die on or after June 20th 2007.
Morris W Pearce. Askern & Bentley (Colliery's)
South Yorkshire. 1944 - 1947.

kieran Locke
Posted on 19 Jul 2007 3:08 pm (Report this annotation)

I have nothing but the utmost respect for you Mr pearce and hope that you and so many others are recognised for your service to your country.

Morris Pearce
Posted on 10 Aug 2007 10:09 am (Report this annotation)

Many thanks for your kind words, I am pleased to report that our struggle for recognition has now gone full circle and reached fruition 60 years on from the event.
All of us thank our many contibutor's and friends who have made the above possible.
We must now just sit back give thanks to all, and enjoy our remaining time with you all.
Morry aka Morris.