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William Powell AM calls on the First Minister to do more to commemorate the service of non-military Second World War veterans

January 29, 2013 4:44 PM

William Powell, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales, has today called on the First Minister to do more to ensure that the nation's non-military war veterans are given the recognition they deserve.

William Powell added:

"Groups such as the Bevin Boys dedicated years of their lives, working tirelessly to ensure that mining could continue during the Second World War, and their sacrifice is all too regularly forgotten when it comes to commemorations.- and indeed concessionary schemes.

Although the threats they faced were different, the men and women who maintained our industries and factories during the dark war years contributed so much to the war effort. We must ensure that they are given the respect, recognition and consideration that they deserve."

The First Minister responded positively to the request, and, in addition to acknowledging the key contribution of the Bevin Boys, he also made specific reference to the dedication of many women in munitions factories, including one at Bridgend. He undertook to write to William Powell with a more substantive response to this important question on their legacy of service to the Nation.


Further information on the Bevin Boys can be found here: