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Thread #165454   Message #4016104
Posted By: Jim Carroll
29-Oct-19 - 09:24 PM
Thread Name: BS: First Joke Thread for 2019
Subject: RE: BS: First Joke Thread for 2019
Another Miner story about the Bevin Boys who were young non-miners recruited to work in the pit during the war as many skilled miners were abroad fighting (avoiding recruitment was often the reason why many volunteered)
Many were considered a liability because of their inexperience and tendency to dodge hard work

It was the custom that, if there was a fatality in the pit the pit-men would be given a day off in respect to the dead
One day, after a pitfall two Bevin boys who had been sent down to look for survivors came across two crushed miners
"How are we going to get them both up to the surface ?" asked the first one.
"I know", said the other, "let's take one up now and save the other for next week".
Jim Carroll