War Underground: Memoirs of a Bevin Boy in the South Wales Coalfield
Michael Edmonds was born in Dorset in
1926. His first-hand account describes the experiences of one of the 47,000
young men plucked from their everyday lives to go underground as Bevin Boys
during the Second World War.
Michael Edmonds kept notes from when he arrived in South Wales, aged 18,
through Nationalization in 1947 to his return to civilian life. He wrote his
insightful, informative and often moving memoirs to set down the respect he
felt for the miners and convey it to the wider world. But as he began his
postwar careers as an artist and architect his text was forgotten, and it is
only now that it is available for all to read.
Michael Edmonds sadly passed away on 30 March 2014.
His obituary in the Guardian can be read online. ‘The War Underground’ has been reprinted
and is now available in paperback for £11.50 inclusive of postage.
Following the death of the author since publication of the first edition, the new edition contains a preface
written by his daughter Jane Edmonds. 136pp with b/w and colour illustrations
By Michael Edmonds
Edited by Peter Wakelin, with a foreword by Kim Howells and preface by Jane Edmonds.
First published 2013; second edition in paperback 2018
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