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

 
 

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Uganda 1970s38 viewsTH pupils disembarking - which port?

Photo : Josephine Xuereb
adminApr 28, 2019
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Verdala Bell-on-the-Well40 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 Prictoe42 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 History27 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....98 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 memories43 views...see comments below post - HEREMartin PowellJan 26, 2019
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HMS Forth at Christmas 1958 ©49 viewsDaytime view.adminDec 22, 2018
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HMS Forth at Christmas 1958 ©36 views60 years, seems like yesterday.

© Valerie Easter/Snowdon/Shutler
adminDec 22, 2018
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Tony Wise ©59 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?86 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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Cdr Miles and HRH Princess Elizabeth 19494705 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 201894 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 122 viewsNames please !!adminOct 27, 2018
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2016 Reunion group 2 of 2121 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 296 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 2009157 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 friends157 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 1973123 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 197388 viewsDolphin & Eagle press release.adminSep 08, 2018
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Combined Cadet Force 1978133 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 Shop517 viewsCarol Williams standing on the right. Not sure about the rest.1 commentsmikewAug 11, 2018
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Outside the Tuck Shop466 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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Tal Handaq closes - 40 years ago277 views15 May 1978adminJun 17, 2018
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Royal Marines beating retreat Verdala 1965 (3)146 viewsExecuting "the wheel".

Viewed from the hall roof.

Copyright © Martin Powell
adminJun 05, 2018
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Royal Marines beating retreat Verdala 1965 (2)113 viewsTwo paces forward.

Copyright © Martin Powell
adminJun 05, 2018
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Royal Marines beating retreat Verdala 1965 (1)90 viewsBelieved to be on the occasion of a member of staff leaving - Jack Ousbey

Copyright © Martin Powell
adminJun 05, 2018
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Reunion trip 2018256 viewsFrom left Christine and Dot Sinson, Helen Male, Carla Sinson and Linda Cottam below Valletta with Marsamxett Harbour behind us.
adminJun 05, 2018
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Coronation party 1953160 viewsCoronation school party at Verdala 2nd June 1953. Me bottom right half hidden by Union Jack. Younger Brother (now deceased) hiding behind hands. Both of us went on to Tal Handaq 58-61.2 commentsCrabMay 29, 2018
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Anyone we know? 412 viewsPhoto for sale on a certain online auction site.adminMay 10, 2018
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It was 50 years ago today...420 views...TH taught the world to play.

Filming Hell Boats at Manoel Island 1968.

Many 'extras' provided by Tal Handaq.

FULL FILM HERE

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

Copyright © Martin Powell
3 commentsadminApr 30, 2018
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Sculling about285 viewsRob Ross 1970

Taken at Robb Lido, appropriately

Copyright © Martin Powell
1 commentsadminApr 29, 2018
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My Mum overlooking Mellieha Bay 19585873 viewsUnspoilt view.1 commentsvalerie easter/snowdon/Apr 17, 2018
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