Graduate, 81, gets history degree (UK)

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An 81-year-old former conscript has been awarded a history degree after studying events he lived first-hand.

Robert Benjamin has graduated from the University of Manchester alongside classmates up to 60 years younger.

Mr Benjamin was a former Bevin Boy - a group of young men chosen to work in coal mines during World War II.

He was even interviewed by a fellow student for a dissertation on the conscripts, who were named after politician Ernest Bevin.

The Bevin Boys were chosen at random to work in the mines from 1943, until after the end of the war.

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