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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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

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Videos from 2005 before demolition23 viewsA reminder to view Bruce Williams' TH website and watch videos donated by Lynn Mentiply.

The blue link should land on Bruce's video page, then scroll down the page. There are five to watch not including the one at the foot of the page which is not playing.

Be sure to check out the rest of his site via the Home button in the photo of Bruce near the top of his page.
2 commentsadmin10/02/20 at 10:51admin: Ivan / Steve, been trying to reply to you since Ja...
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Videos from 2005 before demolition23 viewsA reminder to view Bruce Williams' TH website and watch videos donated by Lynn Mentiply.

The blue link should land on Bruce's video page, then scroll down the page. There are five to watch not including the one at the foot of the page which is not playing.

Be sure to check out the rest of his site via the Home button in the photo of Bruce near the top of his page.
2 commentsadmin10/02/20 at 10:29Ivan: This is a wonderful site. Many happy hours have be...
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Rugby Team 1965-66723 viewsThe only person I recognise in the picture is Colin Rule, who is standing furthest right on second row.

Prefect says - Barry Clissold, Ken Laurence, Reg Woodcock, Jack Ferrett, Brian Jackson, Nigel Vaughan, David Jeffries, Ronald Squires, Malcolm Smith, David Pittaway, Alfred Tagliaferro, Jon Field, John Moore, Michael Robinson, Steve Bolster, Colin Rule, Richard Knapman, Alistair Wilde
3 commentsDugmore09/10/20 at 21:37admin: Thank you SchatziD, caption amended.
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Rugby Team 1965-66723 viewsThe only person I recognise in the picture is Colin Rule, who is standing furthest right on second row.

Prefect says - Barry Clissold, Ken Laurence, Reg Woodcock, Jack Ferrett, Brian Jackson, Nigel Vaughan, David Jeffries, Ronald Squires, Malcolm Smith, David Pittaway, Alfred Tagliaferro, Jon Field, John Moore, Michael Robinson, Steve Bolster, Colin Rule, Richard Knapman, Alistair Wilde
3 commentsDugmore09/10/20 at 19:33SchatziD: Alistair Wilde.
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Outside the Tuck Shop786 viewsMucking about outside the tuck shop. Right to left Dorian Church? Ken Bird, George Molden, not sure who is attempting the splits, Bob Callahan and not sure of the rest.1 commentsmikew08/16/20 at 15:26mikew: I think the girl doing the splits may be Ann Walke...
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5AG Christmas Party 19601138 viewsDavid Graham
Me on the extreme right,with John Melton in front (saw him last week). ? on my right, then Mike Shears, Mike Milne bending over. Susan Masters, Penny Woolcombe, Rosie (Fluff) Andrews in the white on the right. Chris Gibbins on the extreme left, with Mr Gallagher hidden to Chris's left.
3 commentsPrefect08/02/20 at 18:35admin: Thank you Bernard.
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5AG Christmas Party 19601138 viewsDavid Graham
Me on the extreme right,with John Melton in front (saw him last week). ? on my right, then Mike Shears, Mike Milne bending over. Susan Masters, Penny Woolcombe, Rosie (Fluff) Andrews in the white on the right. Chris Gibbins on the extreme left, with Mr Gallagher hidden to Chris's left.
3 commentsPrefect08/02/20 at 12:09bernardhoctor : Two more names -On Ffluff Andrew's right is t...
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Pieta 1958532 viewsLooks like an RFA ship.4 commentsvalerie easter/snowdon/07/27/20 at 19:08Antonio Portelli: Manoel Island Gzira creek
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Army childhood98 viewsARMY CHILDHOOD: BRITISH ARMY CHILDREN’S LIVES AND TIMES. Beautifully produced with many full colour prints.

Book by The Army Children Archive’s founder, Clare Gibson. (Shire Publications Ltd, 2012). Slim but highly recommended.

Read parts online HERE

More on TACA including Malta (but sadly lacks a sorely-needed search facility).
2 commentsMartin Powell05/26/20 at 22:05Martin Powell: Just bought the book.
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Army childhood98 viewsARMY CHILDHOOD: BRITISH ARMY CHILDREN’S LIVES AND TIMES. Beautifully produced with many full colour prints.

Book by The Army Children Archive’s founder, Clare Gibson. (Shire Publications Ltd, 2012). Slim but highly recommended.

Read parts online HERE

More on TACA including Malta (but sadly lacks a sorely-needed search facility).
2 commentsMartin Powell05/26/20 at 15:01Military Brat: I like the TACA website Clare has done a great job...
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Wartime Memories699 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 commentsPrefect05/11/20 at 00:09Martin Powell: Clare Gibson's book ARMY CHILDHOOD: BRITISH A...
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SGTS MESS CHRISTMAS PARTY. ROYAL SIGNALS423 viewsProbably taken at Sgts mess in Floriana. Anybody you recognise ?!1 commentstedhebden04/28/20 at 13:17Bernard Derrick: I'm in the centre wearing a bow tie!! I think...
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Posing outside the Sliema Cafe1067 views2 commentsronthecoolone04/18/20 at 22:29Military Brat: The Sliema Cafe is now the site of the Mr Todd Hot...
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Battle scar129 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 20:37admin: Ivan - got both your messages, replied to both. Ch...
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Filming The Malta Story 1952871 viewsĦaġar Qim or Mnajdra?
More about it here.
6 commentsPrefect01/13/20 at 12:29admin:
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Filming The Malta Story 1952871 viewsĦaġar Qim or Mnajdra?
More about it here.
6 commentsPrefect01/13/20 at 11:09Ivan: For anyone who reads this in time, and who may be ...
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Making a comeback88 viewsNewly restored buses for hire from Malta Bus Co-op1 commentsadmin01/05/20 at 14:24Ivan: That is a fine photograph. What a good idea; I wis...
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Merry Christmas from Valletta 201993 viewsThis is a large Christmas "tree" of illuminated Mdina-glass baubles on display in Valletta.2 commentsadmin12/26/19 at 12:12admin: Thank you Ivan.
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Merry Christmas from Valletta 201993 viewsThis is a large Christmas "tree" of illuminated Mdina-glass baubles on display in Valletta.2 commentsadmin12/25/19 at 09:16Ivan: And Merry Christmas to you, too, Admin - and to al...
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From the archives - 50 years on.190 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 12:16admin: Appalling indeed Ivan. I can hear Prefect spinning...
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From the archives - 50 years on.190 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 09:14Ivan: Nice to see a plural noun with the correct use of ...
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All the best from Farsons 111 views1960s ad. Reads "Simonds Farsons Cisk is the largest and most up to date industry on the island" !!2 commentsadmin12/06/19 at 14:00admin: Prices varied - you clearly went to the best water...
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All the best from Farsons 111 views1960s ad. Reads "Simonds Farsons Cisk is the largest and most up to date industry on the island" !!2 commentsadmin12/06/19 at 12:40Ivan: Lovely stuff! If I recall correctly in the mid-60s...
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Enterprises at MGSC, games afternoon 1967205 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 23:58admin: Thanks Liz. Makes you stop and appreciate those da...
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Enterprises at MGSC, games afternoon 1967205 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 18:59SchatziD: I loved sailing on games afternoons - first time o...
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Aerial view mid-60s263 viewsCompare with the layout plan HERE

The corrugated-roofs were Romney huts (not Nissen huts except no.3 on the coloured plan, bottom left, which was).
2 commentsadmin11/24/19 at 11:02admin: Thank you Ivan. By the time I got to the 6th (1968...
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Aerial view mid-60s263 viewsCompare with the layout plan HERE

The corrugated-roofs were Romney huts (not Nissen huts except no.3 on the coloured plan, bottom left, which was).
2 commentsadmin11/24/19 at 09:33Ivan: Two very interesting illustrations, thank you! On ...
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Filming The Malta Story 1952871 viewsĦaġar Qim or Mnajdra?
More about it here.
6 commentsPrefect11/06/19 at 18:57admin: Shame no-one has made another film in all this tim...
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Filming The Malta Story 1952871 viewsĦaġar Qim or Mnajdra?
More about it here.
6 commentsPrefect11/06/19 at 08:59Ivan: Yes, lots of weaknesses in the film, but the shots...
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Filming The Malta Story 1952871 viewsĦaġar Qim or Mnajdra?
More about it here.
6 commentsPrefect11/05/19 at 18:49admin: Agreed Ivan. I was never happy with Muriel Pavlov ...
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Filming The Malta Story 1952871 viewsĦaġar Qim or Mnajdra?
More about it here.
6 commentsPrefect11/05/19 at 15:03Ivan: I always thought Alec Guinness was mis-cast in his...
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Triton Fountain 1960s146 viewsAfter Kingsgate became Citygate (1964).2 commentsadmin11/03/19 at 17:27admin: Thanks Ivan, I do actually own that postcard. Pref...
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