Back Row:- From the left in each case
D.T.Lewis ( Master), Roy Davies, Derek Thomas, Meurig Harries, Norman Morris, Rhydian Harries, Denzil Rees, Selwyn Harries, Alfie Clark (evacuee staying at Cwm yr Eglwys), Noel Murrow, Roy Jones, Gareth Francis (son of) Jack Francis (Headmaster who was married to the sister of Waldo Williams: teacher at Dinas School about 20 years earlier)
Roy Harries, Colwyn Wilson, Frankie Hitchens (evacuee), Violet Williams and Rosemary Williams (sisters?), Rita Owen, Ivy Harries, Dot Harries, Annette Thomas, ?Phillips, Bleddyn Davies.
Elspeth Rees ( sister of Denzil. Their mum was the school cook), Dianne Beaumont (granddaughter of school-master DTLewis), ? Clark (sister of Alfie Clark), Hazel Mabe, Joy Harries ( sister to Rhydian and Dot), Elfair Harries, Pauline Mathias.
Some of these children look older than you might expect for a primary school photo* but in 1946 only those who passed the 11+ could move on to Fishguard Grammar. The others stayed in Dinas until they could leave school at the age of 14. This photo appears to cover only the top classes in the school; the youngest girls, sitting on the bench at the front, must have been about ten.
The three evacuees in this photo had been part of a much larger group, most of whom had returned home in the summer of 1945. In June 1939 a group of 42 children and three teachers had arrived, as evacuees, at Dinas school where they were taught in the hall until it was decided to relocate the schooling for the older new arrivals to the church hall in Bryn Henllan. In addition, the school accepted many ‘unofficial’ evacuees and the swelling numbers and comings and goings must have made life difficult for the Head teacher who had been newly appointed in June 1939.
In September 1954, the opening of the new school in Fishguard meant that all Dinas’ children could move onto a secondary school at age 11, and Dinas County Primary school became a proper primary school at last.
For more information on Dinas School see ‘The History of Education in Dinas’. This is a fascinating publication that can be obtained (in English or Welsh) from Ann and John Hughes. Phone 01348 811255 for information.
*Apologies for the distortion. The children at either end of the middle row seem to be leaning at such an unlikely angle that they could have been taking instruction from the old conger-eel, who taught ‘Drawling, Stretching and Fainting in Coils’ to the Mock Turtle in ‘Alice in Wonderland’.
Fascinating detail — and all from nearly seven decades ago! Of course Fishguard High School is no longer selective and Dinas kids can catch the bus there (or elsewhere in the county, of course).