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Memories of the Royal Naval School, Malta, 1947 - 1978.

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Tal Handaq
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Tal Handaq 40-50s (1947 - 1959)


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Tal Handaq 60s (1960 - 1969)


428 files, last one added on Dec 01, 2021
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Tal Handaq 70s (1970 - 1978)


161 files, last one added on May 15, 2021
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Staff (All periods)


96 files, last one added on Jan 07, 2021
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Music & Drama


120 files, last one added on May 29, 2015
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Next one 3rd Sept 2016 at Bath Uni. Email viv@dmeventservices.co.uk for info and to join reunion database or contact members.

167 files, last one added on Jan 03, 2021
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The Archive - Magazines, Documents, Memoirs, History.


66 files, last one added on Jul 14, 2021
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Other Service Schools and TH in Later Years


Verdala, Tigne, St Andrew's, Luqa, Mtarfa.

171 files, last one added on Nov 02, 2021
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Then & Now


1073 files, last one added on Nov 14, 2021
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Royal Visit 1954


30 files, last one added on Apr 21, 2016
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Naval & Military


870 files, last one added on Jun 28, 2021
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465 files, last one added on Mar 08, 2021
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Before Our Time


566 files, last one added on Feb 24, 2021
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5 albums on 1 page(s)

User galleriesThis category contains albums that belong to registered members.
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Last comments
What became the Naval Families Clinic554 viewsGhar id Dud, Sliema.
2 commentsPrefect12/02/21 at 14:01SchatziD: Also me. Th Dentist in `67 was awful!
Aerial view taken 2000, photo courtesy Keith Poulton255 viewsInto my heart an air that kills
From yon far country blows:
What are those tin remembered roofs?
What bell, what kids are those?

That is the land of lost content,
I see it shining plain.
Hot dusty classrooms where I went
And cannot come again.

(With apologies to A.E.Housman)
1 commentsadmin11/26/21 at 14:58admin: Actually you CAN still visit and see the hall, gym...
Wendy Battleday 1952-20211041 viewsMuch missed2 commentsNelle Grace (Lucas)08/01/21 at 00:26Martin Powell: So sad to hear today that Wendy passed away earlie...
What became the Naval Families Clinic554 viewsGhar id Dud, Sliema.
2 commentsPrefect07/14/21 at 17:40Pbked: I don't know what happened to it, but I remem...

Last additions
Beach life28 viewsAnyone we know? See the film (and lots more) HERE

NB - on 2nd December the clip was not playing - now been fixed but pls let admin (Martin Powell) know if it seizes again.
adminDec 01, 2021
Banyan Style347 views"The sand was so beautiful on Ramla beach that it was golden shading into red. There was no habitation there. You walked down a farm track through groves of bamboo to the beach. On the beach there is a statue of the Madonna on a pedestal. It carried a light or lantern on the top. There were few if any visitors. On some days the only person to visit the beach was a lamplighter who faithfully lit the Madonna’s light. As the evening light faded bats would swoop low over our campground. The trip was a success, except that our pet tortoise who we had taken with us, marched off into the bamboo groves, and may even be living there now after an interval of sixty something years."

Wallow in more nostalgia
HERE by Andrew McLeod.
adminNov 14, 2021
Recognise anyone? Verdala 1954/5149 viewsAnne Richards writes "My mother, Mrs Margaret Cooke, was a teacher at Tal-Handaq in 1954 and transferred to Verdala in 1954/5. She must have left after my brother was born in August 1955. This photo was found amongst her papers and I believe it may be Verdala and would very much like to know whether anyone recognises themselves in the picture - probably 1954-5? My Mother is the teacher in the photo and the artwork on the walls is her work. Thank you."adminNov 02, 2021
Schools I have known - including TH293 viewsMemoir by Albert Fenech 1950s (click blue name)

adminOct 21, 2021

Random files
Ghar id-Dud Stamp club Fishers of men David Dugmore at Paradise Bay - July 1966 RFA Maine 1946 Headmaster, Mr Plant (right) and his Staff. 1962. Luqa School Class in 1965 Admiralty Constabulary Fire Brigade Staff Reunion 1987 Heather Marriott 1952-3 Mountararat & Celia? Luqa 2 site blocks of flats A new way to go to Gozo  © A Grey Day at St Paul's Bay HMS Chichester 
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