PUPILS at a Neyland school won a prize for their World War I display, entered in an all-Wales competition.

Eleven children from the Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) researched the lives of men named on the town’s First World War memorial, and created a project giving a local perspective on the conflict.

The impressive display – which filled an entire room - included photographs, newspaper clippings, memorabilia, pictures of war graves taken by the pupils and posters they made.

The project triumphed in The Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative, an annual competition which aims to encourage youngsters to take a greater interest in their heritage.

“The kids learnt about World War I, and about the lives of local soldiers before they joined up,” said teacher and project leader Claire Sommerville.

“We visited the Archives in Haverfordwest, and one boy said it was like reaching back in to the past and being able to touch it, because the old paper was there in front of him.

“Councillor Simon Hancock has been a great help to us, and The Royal British Legion donated poppies for us to use in our display.”

The project was exhibited in Neyland Library, and there were plans to take it to the Legion’s church in Milford Haven.

“Everyone has been really impressed by it,” said Claire. “I am really proud of the pupils’ work. They have done a brilliant job.”

“I was very happy to be involved with the project. It really is incredible,” said Cllr Hancock. “I have been a museum curator for 16 years, and if I’d put together a display like this I would be very pleased with the outcome.”