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Children in Pembrokeshire and the U-boat War

The U-boat attacks in the Irish Sea and St George’s Channel offered perhaps the most tangible and direct experience of war for Pembrokeshire civilians, including children. Throughout the war the seas yielded a tragic harvest of submarine victims and the debris of ships’ cargoes. The children of Bosherston School found an oil tank jettisoned by a German submarine on the beach at Broad Haven. It was recorded in the school logbook on 4 June 1915 that the school used it as an object lesson in sketching and mathematics. The logbook of Stackpole School recorded in November 1916 that the children were sent to Barafundle Beach to gather coal washed up from a sunken ship. At the village school of Martletwy the children had their very first sight of an aeroplane on 31 May 1916, while across the county children saw British airships and stared at them as they silently glided away from view. Local children were also involved in efforts to increase food production to offset the shortages caused by U-boat campaign against merchant shipping.

This tribute was suggested by Simon Hancock. In association with Haverfordwest Town Museum.

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Pembrokeshire children raising money during the...

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Children from Hook School in September 1918

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Vegetable plot in Milford Haven, 1917

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