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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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

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Steam Past 2 May 1954653 viewsFirst to roar past at 21 knots was the 1st Cruiser Squadron, led by HMS GLASGOW (Captain B Bryant), wearing the flag of the C-in-C Mediterranean, Admiral The Earl Mountbatten of Burma. HMS GAMBIA (Captain P W Gretton), HMS BERMUDA (Captain G K Collett), HMS DELIGHT (Captain H J F Lane), HMS DARING (Captain E A Blundell) and HMS EAGLE (Captain D E Holland-Martin) wearing the flag of Flag Officer Heavy Squadron, Rear Admiral W T Couchman. On the Yacht’s port side, are the 1st Destroyer Squadron, HMS CHEQUERS (Captain R C M Duckworth) wearing the flag of Rear Admiral R D Watson, Flag Officers Flotillas, HMS CHEVIOT (Commander H E P Wilkin), HMS COMET (Commander R C Burton), HMS CHEVRON (Commander J J S Yorke) and HMS CHAPLET (Commander P N Howes); the 3rd Destroyer Squadron, HMS SAINTES (Captain D P Dreyer) and HMS BARFLEUR (Commander W G F Skelton); and ships of the 5th Frigate Squadron, HMS WHIRLWIND (Commander A R E Evans) and HMS ROEBUCK (Commander H J A Brooke). Either side now are ships of the Close Escort comprising the 2nd Frigate Squadron, HMS MERMAID (Captain A H C Gordon-Lennox), HMS MAGPIE (Commander J W Meadows), HMS PEACOCK (Commander J Wood) and the C-in-C’s despatch vessel, HMS SURPRISE (Commander G C Leslie) today wearing the flag of Vice Admiral J P L Reid, Flag Officer Second-in-Command, Mediterranean.1 commentsPrefect04/21/16 at 23:49admin: Britannia sailed on her maiden voyage from Portsmo...
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Lady Mountbatten872 viewsNot sure if I or my sister Denise is in this photo
but taken in school hall probably 1953.
Including, Jennifer Paige, Ethel Mitchell, Valerie Fogden, Marilyn Hawkins.
5 commentsrobinwilliams04/21/16 at 09:06marilyn: I am third from left. Marilyn Hawkins. I have no i...
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Married Quarters Luqa 2 site.499 viewsThis particular block faced the tennis courts and was where Chris Dillion lived. We had many a battle on the courts themselves with Pete Whiting and Dave Phillips. Picture taken 9th October 2014.1 commentsfifla197304/17/16 at 12:00igzignious: I lived in the middle flat behind the palms, 16AMQ...
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HMS Galatea596 views1978
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2 commentsPrefect04/17/16 at 08:30SC-UK: Originally posted with a 1967 date but revised fol...
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HMS Galatea596 views1978
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2 commentsPrefect02/09/16 at 05:46ThomasJohn: Date of 1967 I think is way off the mark. The Ikar...
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The Webmaster collects his O Levels789 viewsFrom HE The Governor, Sir Maurice Dorman. 1962.1 commentsPrefect02/02/16 at 16:23Martin Powell: It's now late afternoon on 2nd Feb 2016, and ...
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David Michael Gerrard 1946-2016 (aka Prefect)1403 viewsMy very very sad task to report David's passing on Sunday 17 January. THN Webmaster, Scholar, Sea Captain, Falklands Veteran, Friend and all round Good Bloke, he has gone to stand at the back of the big Assembly in the sky (or is it Detention?). Sahha xbien.

Dave seen here in his role as honorary member of TH ladies-who-lunch (Exeter) club, Sept 2015.

Funeral to take place at 3pm Tuesday 2nd Feb, Weston Mill Crematorium, Plymouth PL2 2EP (easy access from A38).

Please feel free to write tributes below, they can be printed out for the day.
9 commentsMartin Powell01/28/16 at 06:27fifla1973: Amazing man David. His work and interest in the wo...
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David Michael Gerrard 1946-2016 (aka Prefect)1403 viewsMy very very sad task to report David's passing on Sunday 17 January. THN Webmaster, Scholar, Sea Captain, Falklands Veteran, Friend and all round Good Bloke, he has gone to stand at the back of the big Assembly in the sky (or is it Detention?). Sahha xbien.

Dave seen here in his role as honorary member of TH ladies-who-lunch (Exeter) club, Sept 2015.

Funeral to take place at 3pm Tuesday 2nd Feb, Weston Mill Crematorium, Plymouth PL2 2EP (easy access from A38).

Please feel free to write tributes below, they can be printed out for the day.
9 commentsMartin Powell01/25/16 at 23:05Richard Knapman: Great Guy will be sadly missed hope the site keeps...
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David Michael Gerrard 1946-2016 (aka Prefect)1403 viewsMy very very sad task to report David's passing on Sunday 17 January. THN Webmaster, Scholar, Sea Captain, Falklands Veteran, Friend and all round Good Bloke, he has gone to stand at the back of the big Assembly in the sky (or is it Detention?). Sahha xbien.

Dave seen here in his role as honorary member of TH ladies-who-lunch (Exeter) club, Sept 2015.

Funeral to take place at 3pm Tuesday 2nd Feb, Weston Mill Crematorium, Plymouth PL2 2EP (easy access from A38).

Please feel free to write tributes below, they can be printed out for the day.
9 commentsMartin Powell01/25/16 at 18:05Bryan Sanderson: So very, very sad to hear this news, a true Tal Ha...
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David Michael Gerrard 1946-2016 (aka Prefect)1403 viewsMy very very sad task to report David's passing on Sunday 17 January. THN Webmaster, Scholar, Sea Captain, Falklands Veteran, Friend and all round Good Bloke, he has gone to stand at the back of the big Assembly in the sky (or is it Detention?). Sahha xbien.

Dave seen here in his role as honorary member of TH ladies-who-lunch (Exeter) club, Sept 2015.

Funeral to take place at 3pm Tuesday 2nd Feb, Weston Mill Crematorium, Plymouth PL2 2EP (easy access from A38).

Please feel free to write tributes below, they can be printed out for the day.
9 commentsMartin Powell01/24/16 at 12:14Ivan: Sad news. I have spent hours on this site looking ...
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David Michael Gerrard 1946-2016 (aka Prefect)1403 viewsMy very very sad task to report David's passing on Sunday 17 January. THN Webmaster, Scholar, Sea Captain, Falklands Veteran, Friend and all round Good Bloke, he has gone to stand at the back of the big Assembly in the sky (or is it Detention?). Sahha xbien.

Dave seen here in his role as honorary member of TH ladies-who-lunch (Exeter) club, Sept 2015.

Funeral to take place at 3pm Tuesday 2nd Feb, Weston Mill Crematorium, Plymouth PL2 2EP (easy access from A38).

Please feel free to write tributes below, they can be printed out for the day.
9 commentsMartin Powell01/24/16 at 09:00fifla1973: Sadly David is the second Tal Handaq Colossus we h...
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David Michael Gerrard 1946-2016 (aka Prefect)1403 viewsMy very very sad task to report David's passing on Sunday 17 January. THN Webmaster, Scholar, Sea Captain, Falklands Veteran, Friend and all round Good Bloke, he has gone to stand at the back of the big Assembly in the sky (or is it Detention?). Sahha xbien.

Dave seen here in his role as honorary member of TH ladies-who-lunch (Exeter) club, Sept 2015.

Funeral to take place at 3pm Tuesday 2nd Feb, Weston Mill Crematorium, Plymouth PL2 2EP (easy access from A38).

Please feel free to write tributes below, they can be printed out for the day.
9 commentsMartin Powell01/23/16 at 16:41Peter Doherty: A dedicated gentleman whose superb work building a...
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Tigne 19641483 viewsCathy Johnstone, ?, Rod Deas, Chris Pullen, John (Flash) Moore, ?.
3 commentsLantern01/21/16 at 19:53abigden: Carol Morrison (2nd from left), Brian Jackson (2nd...
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David Michael Gerrard 1946-2016 (aka Prefect)1403 viewsMy very very sad task to report David's passing on Sunday 17 January. THN Webmaster, Scholar, Sea Captain, Falklands Veteran, Friend and all round Good Bloke, he has gone to stand at the back of the big Assembly in the sky (or is it Detention?). Sahha xbien.

Dave seen here in his role as honorary member of TH ladies-who-lunch (Exeter) club, Sept 2015.

Funeral to take place at 3pm Tuesday 2nd Feb, Weston Mill Crematorium, Plymouth PL2 2EP (easy access from A38).

Please feel free to write tributes below, they can be printed out for the day.
9 commentsMartin Powell01/21/16 at 19:47abigden: So sorry to hear the news. He created a great sit...
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David Michael Gerrard 1946-2016 (aka Prefect)1403 viewsMy very very sad task to report David's passing on Sunday 17 January. THN Webmaster, Scholar, Sea Captain, Falklands Veteran, Friend and all round Good Bloke, he has gone to stand at the back of the big Assembly in the sky (or is it Detention?). Sahha xbien.

Dave seen here in his role as honorary member of TH ladies-who-lunch (Exeter) club, Sept 2015.

Funeral to take place at 3pm Tuesday 2nd Feb, Weston Mill Crematorium, Plymouth PL2 2EP (easy access from A38).

Please feel free to write tributes below, they can be printed out for the day.
9 commentsMartin Powell01/21/16 at 16:42OldBat: (Liz Mardel ex Miss McMeeking, Verdala) Sadly us...
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David Michael Gerrard 1946-2016 (aka Prefect)1403 viewsMy very very sad task to report David's passing on Sunday 17 January. THN Webmaster, Scholar, Sea Captain, Falklands Veteran, Friend and all round Good Bloke, he has gone to stand at the back of the big Assembly in the sky (or is it Detention?). Sahha xbien.

Dave seen here in his role as honorary member of TH ladies-who-lunch (Exeter) club, Sept 2015.

Funeral to take place at 3pm Tuesday 2nd Feb, Weston Mill Crematorium, Plymouth PL2 2EP (easy access from A38).

Please feel free to write tributes below, they can be printed out for the day.
9 commentsMartin Powell01/21/16 at 15:10phillrose: So sad to hear of David's passing, the steady...
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Form 2A1 in 1975 with Mr Peter Wright1313 viewsSpot the future MP.3 commentstompurnell01/17/16 at 15:27ray pelan: cindy church 4th on left bottom row, im Ray Pelanl...
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Lynn 1965747 viewsEmbarking on Callboy for Comino.3 commentsDavid Robinson01/09/16 at 02:35Prefect: I thik Callboy went to Armed Forces Malta, but tha...
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Lynn 1965747 viewsEmbarking on Callboy for Comino.3 commentsDavid Robinson01/06/16 at 23:02David Robinson: Anyone know what happened to Callboy? Or the Eden ...
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1A1 with Miss Ash 1975-761319 views3 commentsPrefect12/16/15 at 19:09derek63: Well hello Denise! I'd like to say I remember...
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Commander Mike Law558 viewsFarewell photo 1974.1 commentsPrefect12/11/15 at 06:54Prefect: We regret to report that Captain Law crossed the b...
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The Coast Road Dualled366 viewsSee the video.
The original was built by the Royal Engineers.
7 commentsPrefect11/18/15 at 18:30Martin Powell: Eminently reasonable.
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The Coast Road Dualled366 viewsSee the video.
The original was built by the Royal Engineers.
7 commentsPrefect11/18/15 at 08:45Prefect: Maybe. An explanation I have seen somewhere is tha...
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The Coast Road Dualled366 viewsSee the video.
The original was built by the Royal Engineers.
7 commentsPrefect11/17/15 at 21:36Martin Powell: What have good drivers got to do with it? Maybe th...
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Verdala Old Entrance © 571 viewsSomewhat neglected.6 commentsPrefect11/17/15 at 20:30Martin Powell: Award yourself an appropriately coloured star (R B...
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Verdala Old Entrance © 571 viewsSomewhat neglected.6 commentsPrefect11/17/15 at 20:16Prefect: Gates removed/replaced?
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Verdala Old Entrance © 571 viewsSomewhat neglected.6 commentsPrefect11/17/15 at 19:40Martin Powell: Concentrate on the archway.
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Verdala Old Entrance © 571 viewsSomewhat neglected.6 commentsPrefect11/17/15 at 18:54Prefect: I give in.
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Verdala Old Entrance © 571 viewsSomewhat neglected.6 commentsPrefect11/17/15 at 18:42Martin Powell: Spot the difference HERE (prizes)
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The Coast Road Dualled366 viewsSee the video.
The original was built by the Royal Engineers.
7 commentsPrefect11/17/15 at 18:35Prefect: Good drivers do not have tunnel vision. The view w...
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The Coast Road Dualled366 viewsSee the video.
The original was built by the Royal Engineers.
7 commentsPrefect11/17/15 at 18:13Martin Powell: Eyes on the road! I assumed the roundabout would j...
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The Coast Road Dualled366 viewsSee the video.
The original was built by the Royal Engineers.
7 commentsPrefect11/17/15 at 16:12Prefect: Still 40kph when I was there but probably 60-80 no...
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