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Lowca and Parton in Cumbria recall 1915 attack by German U-boat

German attacks on coastal communities along the east coast of England during World War One have been well documented.

But the west coast also suffered at the hands of U-boats.

In the early hours of 16 August 1915, the Cumbrian settlements of Lowca and Parton, near Whitehaven, were bombarded by shells meant for a nearby chemical works.

Families fled their homes as the submarine surfaced and fired 55 shells from its deck gun.

  • 06 Aug 2014
  • From the section Cumbria
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