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Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Two wrongs make a right - eventually!

Bevin Boys - from BBC Wales History

Members of the Irish Defence Forces during the Second World War. (© UTV)

Two images, both of sacrifice unrecognised, until now. 

The 'Bevin Boys' had a long struggle to be recognised for their contribution to the war effort. Their story is told here. Personally I would have preferred to take my chances with the enemy than work underground, a story I recall hearing from others. 

Less familiar - ignorance would be a better description - is the story of the thousands of Irish soldiers who joined the British Army only to be branded as 'deserters' and those who returned home denied their civil rights. For them a long overdue pardon and our grateful thanks for the undeserved misery they endured.

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