Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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

 
 

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Verdala Bell-on-the-Well5 viewsCover to the deep well below the Verdala playground.

Sketch by Ken Woodhams.

Verdala website HERE
adminMar 22, 2019
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The Tales of Peter Prictoe7 viewsPP was a pupil at Verdala Dockyard School in the 1930s. He wrote some splendid anecdotes which can be read online HERE adminMar 21, 2019
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Malta Family History4 viewsThe lost website now archived can still be visited.

Essential resource for historians.

Find it HERE
adminMar 21, 2019
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On the beach17 viewsA Royal Navy hovercraft glides onto the sand at Mellieha Bay in 1970.

Photo : Miguel Bonello
adminMar 13, 2019
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The Common Room website....60 views....is archived HERE (2006)

...and HERE (2013)

...and the links still work (mostly) !!
1 commentsadminFeb 25, 2019
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...but when very shiny38 viewsPhoto : pinterest unattributedadminFeb 25, 2019
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...and now81 viewsRust in Peace.

Photo: Marco Zammit Collection
adminFeb 11, 2019
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Then...78 viewsGasan Wayne Sliema bus at the Ferry 1958.

With 104th Minesweeping Squadron.

Photo: Alex Hosking
adminFeb 11, 2019
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Relic of St Angelo33 viewsNow on display in the re-opened fort. Well worth a visit.adminJan 27, 2019
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UPDATED FILE - wartime memories36 views...see comments below post - HEREMartin PowellJan 26, 2019
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Crab Air afloat - almost51 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 195249 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 196964 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.

Photo : Aviation Classics Editor’s collection
adminJan 13, 2019
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Canberras 197043 viewsEnglish Electric Canberras over Grand Harbour in 1970 during exercise Lime Jug.

Photo unattributed
adminJan 13, 2019
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HMS Forth at Christmas 1958 ©45 viewsDaytime view.adminDec 22, 2018
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HMS Forth at Christmas 1958 ©32 views60 years, seems like yesterday.

© Valerie Easter/Snowdon/Shutler
adminDec 22, 2018
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Tony Wise ©50 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?73 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. 191867 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 19492877 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 201877 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 105 viewsNames please !!adminOct 27, 2018
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2016 Reunion group 2 of 2104 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 284 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 2009140 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 friends140 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 1973104 viewsThe earlier press release had a dramatic effect.

(The 1100 and the boat are probably sold by now).
adminSep 08, 2018
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Oliver 197377 viewsDolphin & Eagle press release.adminSep 08, 2018
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Combined Cadet Force 1978117 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 Shop448 viewsCarol Williams standing on the right. Not sure about the rest.1 commentsmikewAug 11, 2018
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Outside the Tuck Shop400 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 ©84 viewsPainting by OldBat.

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

Copyright © Liz Mardel
3 commentsadminAug 10, 2018
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