Not entorely a military history query, but history nonetheless... Some time back there was a thread in Current Affairs or the Int Cell about the Bevin Boys Badge. I suspected at the time that my grandfather was eligible for the badge. He has since passed away but I would still like to do some research. So what do I know about him? Not a whole lot, actually. Unfortunately he didn't really talk a whole lot about his time in England. I believe he travelled over to England (from Ireland) in 1944 or 1945 and ended up in the Sheffield area, and moved back to Ireland in 1952 or 1953. He worked down the pits for a time but for how long I'm unsure. From the Service Personnel * Veterans Agency website I gathered a list of 13 pits used for the training of the Bevin Boys. My UK geography isn't the greatest but I reckon of those pits listed, he most likely was trained at Cresswell in Derbyshire- it seems to be the closest to Sheffield of the training centres. My uncle, who has been clearing out my grandfathers house, has not found anything relating to his time in England. So where can I go from now? I see that there was a census in 1951 but there's a 100-year rule on its contents according to Wikipedia. Is there a National Coal Board personnel records archive? My initial thoughts were that if I could find him in the census, his employers records would have been entered, and that would lead to his pit- but that seems to have hit a brick wall. My grandmother and grandfather I'm guessing met in England- she worked as a nurse in Sheffield around 1945. Unfortunately no idea where exactly. She passed away in 2000 so the clear-up has already taken place. Where would be the best place to start for her records- if they still exist? A brother of my grandmother's apparently moved to Africa at some point (I'm guessing the 1950s/60s) and became a mercenary. He later moved to South Africa and passed away in 1997/8/9. No immediate family of his that I'm aware of. It's a long shot, but is there any way of finding out about his history?