Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


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Adrian Worley 1952-20041484 viewsTaken at the Farnborough reunion 1999. Adrian took his own life in Jan 2004 after a long history of health problems, which were not helped by his service in Bosnia.2 commentsMartin Powell12/23/18 at 00:04admin: Adrian at TH HERE and on Gozo trip HERE
Sheriff who?55 viewsNot a lot of people know this - but Keith Allen, star of stage and screen (at present playing in "Hogarth's Progress" as the older William Hogarth) - and of course Lily Allen's father- went to Verdala in 1960. His autobiog briefly describes his time in Malta (scroll down to chapter 3, page 40) -


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Trooper R Martin d. 191849 viewsWhat does Trooper Martin have to do with Malta's part in World War One? Malta, 'Nurse of the Mediterranean' cared for casualties from the Gallipoli and Salonika campaigns. Martin died like thousands of others - but only after surviving one of the world's first open heart surgeries AND being operated upon by one of the first woman surgeons. He has become famous 100 years later.


...and HERE

...and HERE

We will remember them.
1 commentsadmin11/11/18 at 00:28admin: ...and even more HERE - click on his photo (with s...
Prefects 1961746 views2 commentsbernardhoctor 11/05/18 at 22:36admin: Some names to jog your memory Patricia - from 1962...
Captans Garage (Captain's?)590 viewsThe sign says Tower Road, but where?1 commentsPrefect09/22/18 at 19:17admin: A secret source refers to it being the corner buil...
Combined Cadet Force 197889 viewsLast picture of the CCF before the school closed in 1978.

Picture copyright © Jim Russell

Names anybody....?
2 commentsadmin09/07/18 at 00:17admin: Jim Russell top row 6th from left (RAF). Steve Hal...
Wartime Memories547 viewsVIEW



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3 commentsPrefect09/01/18 at 00:48admin: The BBC People's War site still exists but no...
Tigne Court Hotel453 viewsNow closed.2 commentsPrefect08/18/18 at 18:22admin: Many an hour spent in the Anchor Bar beneath (the ...
Outside the Tuck Shop360 viewsCarol Williams standing on the right. Not sure about the rest.1 commentsmikew08/11/18 at 16:21admin: With Mr Houston's VW Kombi watching from behi...
Freshspray & Freshspring 1960 ©57 viewsPainting by OldBat.

But which is which? (Look closely and compare with photo).

Copyright © Liz Mardel
3 commentsadmin08/10/18 at 22:20admin: Nonsense Miss, there's nothing wrong with you...
Exiles Beach601 viewsPostcard. Aka Balluta Rocks c/w the Green Shed.2 commentsPrefect07/11/18 at 12:04admin: However, the theory re Russian exiles is disputed ...
Probably 19591017 viewsSue Hills & Tricia Staff at the back.
Front - Pat Glover, Wendy Cox, Dawn Fear, Alexandra Batty, Eileen Beer, Carol Robinson, Pat Woolner , Pauline Green, Valerie Lawrence ....
3 commentsPrefect07/02/18 at 17:46admin: Thank you Patsy.
Fishers of men225 viewsLuke 5:2-11

With Gasan Wayne Sliema bus below St Luke's, as per NT.
2 commentsadmin07/02/18 at 17:42admin: No, New Testament. I forget gospel & verse but it&...
It was 50 years ago today...348 views...TH taught the world to play.

Filming Hell Boats at Manoel Island 1968.

Many 'extras' provided by Tal Handaq.


Wind forward 37 mins and play for 20 secs for a familiar face.

Copyright © Martin Powell
3 commentsadmin04/30/18 at 13:52admin: Though filmed in 1968, the film hit UK cinemas in ...
Pieta 1958400 viewsLooks like an RFA ship.3 commentsvalerie easter/snowdon/04/03/18 at 19:22admin: The RFA aficionados say definitely a Ranger class ...
HMS / HMT Brigand691 viewsRescue Tug operating out of Malta with mainly Maltese Crew.
Built 1937. Paid off 1960 after 22 years Med service.

Story HERE
1 commentsrobinwilliams01/26/18 at 23:01admin: HMS Brigand was a tug of the Brigand Class, fitted...
Things are looking UP !!692 viewsThe building of the huge 38-storey tower proposed by the Gasan Group is set to have a dramatic impact on views enjoyed by pedestrians strolling along Ghar id-Dud, the Sliema promenade, apart from breaking the skyline when viewed from as far away as Rinella Bay in Kalkara.

9 commentsadmin08/07/17 at 12:30admin: A paradox, a paradox, a most ingenious paradox...h...
Sheep (Not Shoats!)471 viewsWied il-Ghasel near Mosta.4 commentsPrefect07/29/17 at 02:58admin: ....or do they? See WIKI
Malta National Archives Memory Project384 viewsI work at the National Archives of Malta, on the Memorja (National Memory) project. I am conducting oral history interviews with British ex-servicemen/women and their families, who came to Malta after WWII. I was directed towards this fantastic website, and wondered if there was anybody who would like to speak to me about their experiences of being in Malta. By after WWII I mean any decade really! It would be great to have a variety of different decades if possible.

For people who are interested my email address is sandra.blake@gov.mt. I would be happy to provide additional information on the project and be very grateful for any assistance you are able to give.

Thank you and kind regards,

Sandra Blake

(More detail in comments below).
2 commentsadmin07/06/17 at 15:44admin: This is an overview of the sort of thing I’m looki...
Early 60s films of Malta465 viewsLinks to four films taken by the Stubbs family (no sound).





Don Stubbs
1 commentsadmin03/05/17 at 00:31admin: Some footage of hols in Italy/Sicily may have crep...
Mtarfa water402 viewsThe photo shows my sister helping with a water delivery to our married families' quarters in St Patrick's.

Copyright © Bruce Williams
1 commentsadmin01/31/17 at 00:08admin: Bruce writes "For the whole of the roughly 4 ...
Wartime Memories547 viewsVIEW



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3 commentsPrefect10/26/16 at 01:37admin: See also ANITA HOWARD nee SACKETT
Wartime Valleta979 views6 commentsPrefect10/26/16 at 01:27admin: For stories from the BBC People's War see THI...
Verdala closes - 40 years ago512 viewsThe Dolphin & Eagle (forces families newspaper Malta) carried the following article on 30 July 1976, headed simply :-


"The Service Children's School Verdala closed on Wednesday 14 July, for the third time in its history. The Assembly held in the school that morning was therefore a rather special one for the children, staff, parents and guests. The Flag Officer Malta, Rear Admiral O.N.A. Cecil, accepted an invitation to be present and and kindly consented to present the awards.

For most of the forenoon a special signal hoist 'ZKJ2' was flying from the palm tree, meaning 'I am closing down this circuit'. A very sad moment arrived when that signal was executed at 1255"
1 commentsadmin08/02/16 at 01:00admin: From Mark Bilney:- "Excellent. I am the knigh...
Things are looking UP !!692 viewsThe building of the huge 38-storey tower proposed by the Gasan Group is set to have a dramatic impact on views enjoyed by pedestrians strolling along Ghar id-Dud, the Sliema promenade, apart from breaking the skyline when viewed from as far away as Rinella Bay in Kalkara.

9 commentsadmin05/18/16 at 01:33admin: I'm sure in 100 years' time it will be p...
Steam Past 2 May 1954637 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...
Anobat Flats ©880 viewsCorner of Sur Fons St & P.O.W .Road St Julians, Ours was top corner flat. Mid/late 80s Map.7 commentsdeco.rise02/21/13 at 01:16admin: Deleting comments is not helpful as can make a non...
Mr John Lowe1297 viewsStaff 1961 - 1964
As seen recently on the BBC.
3 commentsPrefect01/29/13 at 14:05admin: And now appearing on the One Show. About half way ...
Royal Visit November 1949765 viewsAt Corradino Canteen where TH and Verdala pupils all assembled. Youngest pupil Jennifer Dodd presents the bouquet. Headmaster Cdr Miles right.2 commentsPrefect01/23/13 at 07:26admin: Presenting the bouquet is Jennifer Dodd
104 Minesweeping Squadron 1957568 viewsEssington, Kildaston, Rodington, Lullington, Shavington, Carhampton, Liverton, Fenton.4 commentsPrefect09/15/12 at 13:01admin: Date of removal now found as Wednesday, October 5,...
3AG 19581054 views Bernard Goatley (rear left), Christopher Ruoff (leaning on the doorpost), Brian Fuller ( light shorts and dark pullover), Keith Tayton (spectacled).
Photo - Steve Martin via this site.
Names from Brian Fuller who also remembers other class members being - Kathleen Spilsbury, Deirdre Pike, Glenys Metherell, Graham Cake, Robert Smith, John Merriman, Bruce Love, Terence Whitter, Richard Dowling, Peter Franks, Anthony Mullen.
Keith Tayton remembers all the others and was able to recite the class register at the last Reunion in Bath.

2 commentsPrefect08/20/12 at 02:03admin: Brian Lincoln - third from the left.
Prizegiving 1953838 viewsBy Lord Mountbatten
See report
Memoir by Christopher Beavis here.
2 commentsPrefect07/30/12 at 03:40admin: Memoir by Christopher Beavis here.
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