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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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

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Crab Air afloat - almost235 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 1952223 viewsPhoto : Charles B Grech, former Times of Malta photographer. Paul Demajo Albanese Collection. (Negs lost in fire at the Times of Malta offices).adminJan 19, 2019
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Canberras & Shackleton 1969244 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 1970220 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 ©148 viewsDaytime view.adminDec 22, 2018
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HMS Forth at Christmas 1958 ©113 views60 years, seems like yesterday.

© Valerie Easter/Snowdon/Shutler
adminDec 22, 2018
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Tony Wise ©169 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?190 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. 1918223 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 194913959 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 also HERE

...and HERE
adminNov 06, 2018
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TH Malta reunion trip Oct 2018 475 viewsNames please !!adminOct 27, 2018
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2016 Reunion group 2 of 2351 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 2292 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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Oliver 1973316 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 1973231 viewsDolphin & Eagle press release.adminSep 08, 2018
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Combined Cadet Force 1978416 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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Painting by OldBat247 viewsFresh water - but can you spot the difference from the photo?

Copyright © Liz Mardel
3 commentsadminAug 10, 2018
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Freshspring (L) & Carbine (R) 1960 ©201 viewsFreshspring is currently being restored. Google it.

Copyright © Liz Mardel (OldBat)
adminAug 10, 2018
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Wedgie343 viewsHe's never got stuck there before.

1972

Copyright © Martin Powell
adminJul 28, 2018
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Gone to roost334 viewsChicken shack route - one way ticket.

Copyright © Martin Powell
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Coming or going?276 viewsSeeing double, 1972

Copyright © Martin Powell
adminJul 28, 2018
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Caption competition320 viewsOutside Astra cinema Luqa.

Answers on a postcard. No prizes, just the kudos.
1 commentsadminJul 14, 2018
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Feeling chuffed314 views"Train" rides round St Andrew's, Airborne Forces Day 1969.

Lisa & Jane Williams, 1st & 2nd left at rear of truck.
adminJul 14, 2018
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Not waving but drowning238 viewsHRH transfers between HMS Eastbourne and HMS Walkerton off Malta, April 1960.adminJul 14, 2018
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Treasure in Malta422 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 ago435 viewsThe school closed on 14 July 1978. Presumably not possible to issue this on C-Day.
adminJun 18, 2018
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Royal Marines beating retreat Verdala 1966 (3)245 viewsExecuting "the wheel".

Viewed from the hall roof.

Copyright © Martin Powell
adminJun 05, 2018
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Royal Marines beating retreat Verdala 1966 (2)193 viewsTwo paces forward.

Copyright © Martin Powell
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Royal Marines beating retreat Verdala 1966 (1)160 viewsOn the occasion of a member of staff leaving - Jack Ousbey

Copyright © Martin Powell
adminJun 05, 2018
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Reunion trip 2018527 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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Fishers of men445 viewsLuke 5:2-11

With Gasan Wayne Sliema bus below St Luke's, as per NT.
2 commentsadminMay 23, 2018
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British get out - MLP HQ Kingsway372 viewsNow welcomes tourists in for drinks and to see its history.adminMay 22, 2018
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