Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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

 
 

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Crab Air afloat - almost.4 viewsRAF pinnace off Gozo taken when it ran into a rock and gouged a large hole in its side. Photo thanks to Caroline Roberts whose Dad was a passenger on it that day, circa 1962.adminJan 19, 2019
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Fairey Fireflies over Ghar-id-Dud during the Battle of Britain flypast in September 1952.2 viewsPhoto: Paul Demajo Albanese Collection Times of Malta. (Negs lost in fire at the Times of Malta offices).adminJan 19, 2019
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Canberras & Shackleton 196915 viewsTeam formation of an Avro Shackleton MR Mk.3, XF705 ‘C’ of 203 Squadron with a pair of English Electric Canberra PR Mk.9s of 13 Squadron pictured off the coast of Malta in July 1969.

Source: Aviation Classics Editor’s collection.
adminJan 13, 2019
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Canberras 197011 viewsEnglish Electric Canberras over Grand Harbour in 1970 during exercise Lime Jug. Source not attributed.adminJan 13, 2019
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HMS Forth at Christmas 1958 ©23 viewsDaytime view.adminDec 22, 2018
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HMS Forth at Christmas 1958 ©21 views60 years, seems like yesterday.

© Valerie Easton/Snowdon/Shutler
adminDec 22, 2018
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Tony Wise ©31 viewsContinuing the Verdala theme, this was painted by Tony Wise, Verdala staff member 1962-5. TW is mentioned by KEITH ALLEN in THIS EXTRACTadminDec 12, 2018
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Sheriff who?57 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) -

HERE

2 commentsadminNov 18, 2018
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Trooper R Martin d. 191851 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.

Read MORE

...and HERE

...and HERE

We will remember them.
1 commentsadminNov 11, 2018
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Cdr Miles and HRH Princess Elizabeth 19491393 viewsInstructor Captain A. H. Miles, C.B.E.

Captain and Mrs. Miles left Malta on llth May 1958 after an association with the school since 1934.

Captain Miles was on the staff from 1934 to 1940 when the RN school was at Verdala. After the war he re-opened the school in two houses at Ta'Xbiex; supervised the move to Tal Handaq in 1946; re-started the primary school at Verdala in 1949, and remained as Headmaster until January 1951, by when the school had reached 1,000 pupils. Mrs. Miles was Secretary of the school from 1946 to 1952.

As Fleet Instructor Officer, Captain Miles was then Chairman of the Committee for Malta Service Children's Schools from 1953.

See HERE
adminNov 06, 2018
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Verdala reunion group Oct 201844 viewsOn the top deck of Fort St Angelo.

L-R Russ (K) Eileen Butler (now Snell), Brian (K), Lisa (K), Liz McMeeking (now Mardel) - (OldBat), Pauline Hargreaves (now Mendez), Shelagh & Richard Butler, self, Grahame Cain, Ambrose (K).

(K = Klingon)
Martin PowellOct 30, 2018
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TH Malta reunion trip Oct 2018 63 viewsNames please !!adminOct 27, 2018
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2016 Reunion group 2 of 270 viewsThe final "big" reunion - unless any of the younger ones take over the reins. Speak to Viv Daly if interested in doing so.adminOct 09, 2018
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2016 Reunion group 1 of 262 viewsThe final "big" reunion - unless any of the younger ones take over the reins. Speak to Viv Daly if interested in doing so.adminOct 09, 2018
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Hall steps - Malta reunion trip 2009106 viewsFirst step L-R Angela Stubbs (now Arnold), Elizabeth Hayward (now Hawken), Eileen Beer (now Coniam)
Second step Robert Martin, Grahame Cain
Third step Chris Harrison, David Norris, Amanda Cottrell, Judith Blair (now Chitty)
Top step Martin Powell, Phil Woodcock, Susan Finn (now Lines), Jane Finn, Joe Vincenti, Bob Callaghan
Martin PowellSep 18, 2018
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Ralph Linsell and friends105 viewsRalph's garden party Sept 2018, classes of '69-'71.

L-R Grahame Cain, Terry Doubleday, Mary Curlis (now Goldsack), Ralph Linsell, Linda Perry (now Gee) Barry Pragnell,
Caroline Fox (now Martin), Heather Coggeshall (now Milburn), Tony Butt, Martin Powell. Julia Hann (now Davison).
Martin PowellSep 16, 2018
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Oliver 197380 viewsThe earlier press release had a dramatic effect.

(The 1100 and the boat are probably sold by now).
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Oliver 197356 viewsDolphin & Eagle press release.adminSep 08, 2018
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Combined Cadet Force 197891 viewsLast picture of the CCF before the school closed in 1978.

Picture copyright © Jim Russell

Names anybody....?
2 commentsadminSep 06, 2018
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Outside the Tuck Shop361 viewsCarol Williams standing on the right. Not sure about the rest.1 commentsmikewAug 11, 2018
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Outside the Tuck Shop326 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.mikewAug 11, 2018
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Freshspray & Freshspring 1960 ©59 viewsPainting by OldBat.

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

Copyright © Liz Mardel
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Freshspray (L) & Freshspring (R) 1960 ©55 viewsFreshspring is currently being restored. Google it.

Copyright © Liz Mardel (OldBat)
adminAug 10, 2018
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Wedgie108 viewsHe's never got stuck there before.

1972

Copyright © Martin Powell
adminJul 28, 2018
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Gone to roost106 viewsChicken shack route - one way ticket.

Copyright © Martin Powell
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Coming or going?81 viewsSeeing double, 1972

Copyright © Martin Powell
adminJul 28, 2018
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Caption competition133 viewsOutside Astra cinema Luqa.

Answers on a postcard. No prizes, just the kudos.
1 commentsadminJul 14, 2018
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Feeling chuffed148 views"Train" rides round St Andrew's, Airborme Forces Day 1969.adminJul 14, 2018
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Not waving but drowning88 viewsHRH transfers between HMS Eastbourne and HMS Walkerton off Malta, April 1960.adminJul 14, 2018
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Treasure in Malta203 viewsFilm shot locally in the 60s.
With rising TH star Aidan Mompaolo de Piro.

Kids' stuff - but great.

Click HERE

This part one of four - the rest should list alongside.
Thanks to Anthony Zammit for uploading.
adminJul 01, 2018
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Tal Handaq closes - 40 years ago247 views15 May 1978adminJun 18, 2018
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Royal Marines beating retreat Verdala 1965 (3)133 viewsExecuting "the wheel".

Viewed from the hall roof.

Copyright © Martin Powell
adminJun 05, 2018
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