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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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

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Pongo Brats53 viewsClare Gibson's book ARMY CHILDHOOD: BRITISH ARMY CHILDREN’S LIVES AND TIMES.

This book by The Army Children Archive’s founder, Clare Gibson, was published by Shire Publications Ltd in 2012.

Read parts online HERE

More on TACA including Malta (but sadly lacks a sorely-needed search facility).
2 commentsMartin Powell05/26/20 at 21:05Martin Powell: Just bought the book.
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Pongo Brats53 viewsClare Gibson's book ARMY CHILDHOOD: BRITISH ARMY CHILDREN’S LIVES AND TIMES.

This book by The Army Children Archive’s founder, Clare Gibson, was published by Shire Publications Ltd in 2012.

Read parts online HERE

More on TACA including Malta (but sadly lacks a sorely-needed search facility).
2 commentsMartin Powell05/26/20 at 14:01Military Brat: I like the TACA website Clare has done a great job...
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Wartime Memories675 viewsIRENE ROBINSON

MARY WHITLEY

RITA SALMON nee GAUCI
+ chapters 2 3 & 4

BILL RICKARD

LINDA TILBURY

PAUL FULLER

MARGARET STAPLES

ANITA HOWARD nee SACKETT (just post-war)
5 commentsPrefect05/10/20 at 23:09Martin Powell: Clare Gibson's book ARMY CHILDHOOD: BRITISH A...
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SGTS MESS CHRISTMAS PARTY. ROYAL SIGNALS406 viewsProbably taken at Sgts mess in Floriana. Anybody you recognise ?!1 commentstedhebden04/28/20 at 12:17Bernard Derrick: I'm in the centre wearing a bow tie!! I think...
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Posing outside the Sliema Cafe1042 views2 commentsronthecoolone04/18/20 at 21:29Military Brat: The Sliema Cafe is now the site of the Mr Todd Hot...
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Battle scar108 views"Sergeant Gordon Tweedale of 185 Squadron [was] shot down and killed in his first sortie in a Spitfire. Tweedale’s Spitfire ... crashed in Lija ... . The scarred wall of a building on the corner of Saviour Street, damaged by the Spitfire in the final moments of its terminal dive, remains a poignant reminder... ."
Text from Air Battle for Malta by Anthony Rogers, published by Greenhill Books, c/o Pen & Sword Books Ltd.
Picture courtesy of Google Street View; screenshot taken November 2019.
1 commentsIvan01/21/20 at 19:37admin: Ivan - got both your messages, replied to both. Ch...
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Filming The Malta Story 1952854 viewsĦaġar Qim or Mnajdra?
More about it here.
6 commentsPrefect01/13/20 at 11:29admin:
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Filming The Malta Story 1952854 viewsĦaġar Qim or Mnajdra?
More about it here.
6 commentsPrefect01/13/20 at 10:09Ivan: For anyone who reads this in time, and who may be ...
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Making a comeback65 viewsNewly restored buses for hire from Malta Bus Co-op1 commentsadmin01/05/20 at 13:24Ivan: That is a fine photograph. What a good idea; I wis...
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Merry Christmas from Valletta 201966 viewsThis is a large Christmas "tree" of illuminated Mdina-glass baubles on display in Valletta.2 commentsadmin12/26/19 at 11:12admin: Thank you Ivan.
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Merry Christmas from Valletta 201966 viewsThis is a large Christmas "tree" of illuminated Mdina-glass baubles on display in Valletta.2 commentsadmin12/25/19 at 08:16Ivan: And Merry Christmas to you, too, Admin - and to al...
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From the archives - 50 years on.154 viewsThe name of the school was changed from RNS TH to SCS TH in 1969 (Service Children's School), though it continued to be administered by the Royal Navy. All other service schools in Malta then came under the remit of the RN, Captain HC Malkin (Headmaster 1966 - 1970) being appointed the first OiC Service Schools, Malta & Naples.

Photo : Evan Potts
2 commentsadmin12/12/19 at 11:16admin: Appalling indeed Ivan. I can hear Prefect spinning...
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From the archives - 50 years on.154 viewsThe name of the school was changed from RNS TH to SCS TH in 1969 (Service Children's School), though it continued to be administered by the Royal Navy. All other service schools in Malta then came under the remit of the RN, Captain HC Malkin (Headmaster 1966 - 1970) being appointed the first OiC Service Schools, Malta & Naples.

Photo : Evan Potts
2 commentsadmin12/12/19 at 08:14Ivan: Nice to see a plural noun with the correct use of ...
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All the best from Farsons 79 views1960s ad. Reads "Simonds Farsons Cisk is the largest and most up to date industry on the island" !!2 commentsadmin12/06/19 at 13:00admin: Prices varied - you clearly went to the best water...
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All the best from Farsons 79 views1960s ad. Reads "Simonds Farsons Cisk is the largest and most up to date industry on the island" !!2 commentsadmin12/06/19 at 11:40Ivan: Lovely stuff! If I recall correctly in the mid-60s...
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Enterprises at MGSC, games afternoon 1967170 viewsNote the yacht moored to the buoy on the right - the Lucette. Read her famous story HERE and watch the film (names changed) HERE

Photo : Jill Thackray
2 commentsadmin11/28/19 at 22:58admin: Thanks Liz. Makes you stop and appreciate those da...
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Enterprises at MGSC, games afternoon 1967170 viewsNote the yacht moored to the buoy on the right - the Lucette. Read her famous story HERE and watch the film (names changed) HERE

Photo : Jill Thackray
2 commentsadmin11/28/19 at 17:59SchatziD: I loved sailing on games afternoons - first time o...
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Aerial view mid-60s223 viewsCompare with the layout plan HERE

The corrugated-roofs were Romney huts (not Nissen huts).
2 commentsadmin11/24/19 at 10:02admin: Thank you Ivan. By the time I got to the 6th (1968...
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Aerial view mid-60s223 viewsCompare with the layout plan HERE

The corrugated-roofs were Romney huts (not Nissen huts).
2 commentsadmin11/24/19 at 08:33Ivan: Two very interesting illustrations, thank you! On ...
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Filming The Malta Story 1952854 viewsĦaġar Qim or Mnajdra?
More about it here.
6 commentsPrefect11/06/19 at 17:57admin: Shame no-one has made another film in all this tim...
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Filming The Malta Story 1952854 viewsĦaġar Qim or Mnajdra?
More about it here.
6 commentsPrefect11/06/19 at 07:59Ivan: Yes, lots of weaknesses in the film, but the shots...
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Filming The Malta Story 1952854 viewsĦaġar Qim or Mnajdra?
More about it here.
6 commentsPrefect11/05/19 at 17:49admin: Agreed Ivan. I was never happy with Muriel Pavlov ...
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Filming The Malta Story 1952854 viewsĦaġar Qim or Mnajdra?
More about it here.
6 commentsPrefect11/05/19 at 14:03Ivan: I always thought Alec Guinness was mis-cast in his...
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Triton Fountain 1960s107 viewsAfter Kingsgate became Citygate (1964).2 commentsadmin11/03/19 at 16:27admin: Thanks Ivan, I do actually own that postcard. Pref...
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Triton Fountain 1960s107 viewsAfter Kingsgate became Citygate (1964).2 commentsadmin11/03/19 at 08:12Ivan: Well done, admin! A very nice contrast with the tw...
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The Pit, entrance tunnel205 viewsAfter attempts in 2013 and 2017 and again last week (October 2019) I still can’t get full access to The Pit. Nice people running the military bookshop, but won’t allow me to go down as they have lots of artefacts stored there pending refurbishment to make a museum. However at least I got further than last time. The sloping tunnel remains very familiar, although the steps and smooth concrete sidewalks were not there when we opened the place in summer 1965.1 commentsIvan10/26/19 at 17:27admin: Thanks very much for posting that Ivan. Been tryin...
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Amahl & the Night Visitors + Trial By Jury 1969401 viewsCast2 commentsPrefect10/17/19 at 00:11Martin Powell: Seeking counselling probably.
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Roller skating at Rocky Vale839 viewsDiana Dick, John Knight, Alec Downs and Robin Palmer5 commentsjknight09/17/19 at 23:20kenneth c proudlove: Nelson, Drake, stevenson,
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Roller skating at Rocky Vale839 viewsDiana Dick, John Knight, Alec Downs and Robin Palmer5 commentsjknight09/17/19 at 23:20kenneth c proudlove: Nelson, Drake, stevenson,
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Fancy Dress '57 ?1381 viewsTop left,Gail Taench, unknown male, Sheila Grimwood, Graham 'Jack' Stubbs, Geoff Day, Craig Love, Liz Wilkinson, Gordon Campbell.
Front row, Jill Wicken, Bob Trott, Val Bevins, Robin Palmer, unknown girl, and Viv Paynter.
Thanks to Spike Walton for providing names of party goers.
5 commentsjane banks09/13/19 at 07:13Geoff Day: Admin : Very sadly noted....comment amended.
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Fancy Dress '57 ?1381 viewsTop left,Gail Taench, unknown male, Sheila Grimwood, Graham 'Jack' Stubbs, Geoff Day, Craig Love, Liz Wilkinson, Gordon Campbell.
Front row, Jill Wicken, Bob Trott, Val Bevins, Robin Palmer, unknown girl, and Viv Paynter.
Thanks to Spike Walton for providing names of party goers.
5 commentsjane banks09/12/19 at 23:59admin: Gordon (Wrymouth) and Geoff, very sad to report th...
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Fancy Dress '57 ?1381 viewsTop left,Gail Taench, unknown male, Sheila Grimwood, Graham 'Jack' Stubbs, Geoff Day, Craig Love, Liz Wilkinson, Gordon Campbell.
Front row, Jill Wicken, Bob Trott, Val Bevins, Robin Palmer, unknown girl, and Viv Paynter.
Thanks to Spike Walton for providing names of party goers.
5 commentsjane banks09/12/19 at 14:14Geoff Day: I remember Jack very well too, there are very few ...
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