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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


Last additions - Tal Handaq
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My Old School Shirt 219 viewsThis is the back of my (Mike Wynne's) old school shirt with more funny notes and wishes.
mikewFeb 16, 2020
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My School Shirt17 viewsThis is the front of my old school leaving shirt signed by many. If you were on the pill-box at Tigne on 17th July 1970 or at school around this date then you may be on it.
Some names are William, Jude, Larry, Haggis eating Janie, Bob "The pill-box is mine", Dorian Church, Caroline, Carol Williams, Ann "Same plane home as me", Irish, Alasdair, Tony, Chris Smith (Dundee 4 Chelsea 2), Julie +Gary, Ros and Rina (from Israel), Ian, Claire, George, Rosanne, Dom, Elaine Soar, Ian loves (Luvvs) June (Tich) June Dewbury
mikewFeb 16, 2020
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Mike Wynne17 viewsYour truly Mike Wynne in San Anton Gardens 1969/70.mikewFeb 15, 2020
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George Molden18 viewsMy friend George Molden outside Tuck shop.mikewFeb 15, 2020
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Party Invite12 viewsMy invite to Lori Church's party. It seems so formal now but that's how we did it then.
I think it was around 1969.
mikewFeb 15, 2020
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Dainty Bar18 viewsRemember the Dainty Bar just opposite Egmont Flats? We had many happy hours in there during the late 60's.mikewFeb 15, 2020
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Prize Day 196636 viewsThanks to Paul GentleadminFeb 07, 2020
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Prize Day batting order 196629 viewsThanks to Paul GentleadminFeb 07, 2020
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On this day - Jane Arbuthnot - Harrods bomb 198369 viewsThanks to Vic Weekes for reminding us of the tragic loss of Jane Arbuthnot with whom he also served in the Metropolitan Police. Jane was taken bravely doing her duty at a call where they knew the code-word had been given and the danger was real and imminent. Each year on the 17th December a small remembrance service is held at the spot.

Memorial HERE

Jane at TH HERE
adminDec 17, 2019
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From the archives - 50 years on.98 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 commentsadminDec 12, 2019
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Aerial view mid-60s161 viewsCompare with the layout plan HERE

The corrugated-roofs were Romney huts (not Nissen huts).
2 commentsadminNov 22, 2019
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Aerial plan mid-60s119 viewsNorth is right

Compare view HERE

Key : 1. Block 11 - Dining Hall & Galley
2. Block 11 - 6th form
3. Old Music Room / Careers Room / sometime L6th common room
4. Block 12 Classrooms
5. Block 12 Classrooms
6. Language Lab
7. Caretaker's Store
8. Tuck Shop
9. Science Block (13)
10. Block 1 Classrooms & Biology Lab
11. Block 2 Classrooms
12. Incinerator
13. Classrooms? (Possibly toilets but wrong colour)
14. Block 3 Classrooms
15. Block 4 Classrooms
16. Block 5 Classrooms
17. Block 6 Classrooms & Metalwork / Tech Drawing
18. Block 14 Classrooms & Shorthand / Typing
19. Boys’ Toilets
20. Block 15 Classrooms
21. Library
22. Block 16 Classrooms
23. Girls’ Toilets & Showers
24. Hall
25. Boiler Room
26. New Music Room
27. Gymnasium & Showers
28. Netball / Tennis Court
29. Woodwork Block (7)
30. Groundsmen's Store
31. The "Field"
32. Art Block (8)
33. Art & Craft Block (9)
34. Block 10 Classrooms
35. Admin Block
adminNov 22, 2019
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The Pit, entrance tunnel133 viewsAfter attempts in 2013 and 2017 and again last week (October 2019) I still can’t get full access to The Pit. Nice people running the military bookshop, but won’t allow me to go down as they have lots of artefacts stored there pending refurbishment to make a museum. However at least I got further than last time. The sloping tunnel remains very familiar, although the steps and smooth concrete sidewalks were not there when we opened the place in summer 1965.1 commentsIvanOct 26, 2019
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Enterprises at MGSC, games afternoon 1967112 viewsMr Roy Tatton on left, Jill Thackray centre front, poss Eddie Eichmann on right?

Photo : Jill Thackray
adminOct 22, 2019
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Enterprises at MGSC, games afternoon 196799 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 commentsadminOct 22, 2019
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Invites from 196999 viewsCourtesy of Christine Kate Spencer (now Liddy).adminSep 30, 2019
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The Pit 1967-8221 viewsKay Carberry behind the bar in the Pit, with Corinne Bevan.
Pepsi & Coke only of course.
adminAug 17, 2019
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THE PIT Friday 3rd November 1967121 viewsPoster attrib to Sally Rathmell, with thanks to Jenny Shillitto (now Banbury).adminAug 11, 2019
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Army Children's School St Andrew's181 viewsSt Andrew's Army School.
Swimming Certificate Third Class.
Headmaster Mr A.S.D.Watson.
Military BratAug 06, 2019
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Boy in grey blazer 195257 viewsNow identified as John Clark, TH 1947-1949 & 1952-1954.

(...not forgetting that there were still some junior classes at TH until 1955).

adminAug 05, 2019
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The PIT 2019116 viewsThe PIT is still there disguised as a bookshop.philb57Aug 02, 2019
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Suna in Marsamxett108 viewsJoe Mardel at the helm, 1958.

Suna was a "windfall" yacht. With Star & RNSA 14' as supporting cast.

See Windfall Yacht Suna
adminJul 06, 2019
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Primary children visit Ark Royal in GH 1973-4185 viewsNow known to be Luqa Primary thanks to Tamara Lewis (kneeling front left with finger in her mouth).

Photo : Brian Fairbotham
adminJun 14, 2019
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Folklore at MGSC Hay Warf 1970151 viewsMartin Donnelly on foredeck, who on the helm? (Or was it vice versa?)

Apologies for camera shake and poor quality.
adminJun 02, 2019
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Uganda 1970s138 viewsTH pupils disembarking - which port?

Photo : Josephine Xuereb
adminApr 29, 2019
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Verdala Bell-on-the-Well82 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 Prictoe88 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 History49 viewsThe lost website now archived can still be visited.

Essential resource for historians.

Find it HERE
adminMar 21, 2019
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The Common Room website....189 views....is archived HERE (2006)

...and HERE (2013)

...and the links still work (mostly) !!
1 commentsadminFeb 25, 2019
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UPDATED FILE - wartime memories63 views...see comments below post - HEREMartin PowellJan 26, 2019
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HMS Forth at Christmas 1958 ©71 viewsDaytime view.

© Valerie Easter/Snowdon/Shutler
adminDec 22, 2018
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HMS Forth at Christmas 1958 ©55 views60 years, seems like yesterday.

© Valerie Easter/Snowdon/Shutler
adminDec 22, 2018
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