Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex was visibly moved and reduced to tears whilst at the unveiling of a memorial to the Bevin boys today.
During WW2, many men were conscripted into the Army to fight on the front lines, while others were actually conscripted into the coal mines, these were known as the ‘Bevin Boys’ and performed risky and in the view of many, heroic and vital work for the war effort.
Her Royal Highness was at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire today for the unveiling of the memorial at which she met a few of the Bevin Boys and with tears, hugged one.
The designer of the memorial said, “The Countess of Wessex is doing us the great honour to dedicate the memorial I designed, and had built (there’s only two of us that worked to get this here), and she will give us back our dignity that says: we served our country. And that’s what’s been lacking”.