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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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

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Dates at Tal Handaq or in Malta Jan1959-Dec1968
Biography/Interests/Remarks Verdala to July 1963, TH to Dec 1968.
Father Albert Powell taught HM Dockyard Technical College Malta until 1961 then transferred to RNS Verdala when HMD closed (Messrs Battye & Barraclough transferred to TH). Sister Lesley Powell TH 1959-1964, released age 18.
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01/29/19 at 20:08....was about to change dramatically with the advent of World War II, by which time Dad had been promoted to captain and they were the proud parents of five young children, when they had to endure the terrible conditions that then prevailed, with shortages of food and constant bombing becoming the norm. Mum then developed another skill: producing nourishing meals from virtually nothing, and was known to dish up a good, satisfying feed from a tin of bully beef and some cabbage! However, I’m pleased to say that we all came through it unscathed, and in 1946, Dad was posted back to England and we all (now six children) followed shortly afterwards, making the memorable journey by sea on the Carnarvon Castle – a ship that had been requisitioned for military purposes – to a very different environment and, indeed, life. Mum remained very fond of the island of Malta her whole life and returned several times as a tourist, when she relived old memories. Sadly, she died in January of this year, aged 101. She would have been thrilled to know that pictures of her and her family had been published in Clare’s book – if only I could have told her.’ - Doreen McKeown (née Routledge)