VIDEO - Exhibition honours wartime Bevin Boys

A new exhibition tells the story of World War Two heroes who toiled down Britain’s coal mines instead of on the battlefield.

The Bevin Boys in Yorkshire, which features pictures, diaries and letters by Martin Hill, opened at the museum on Monday.

Around 48,000 Bevin Boys were conscripted to help tackle a coal production crisis during the war.

The country was found to have just three weeks supply of coal left in 1943, threatening the war effort and industry at home.

Ernest Bevin, wartime minister for Labour and National Service, decided that one in 10 conscripts aged between 18 and 24 would work in Britain’s coal mines.