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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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

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RNH Mtarfa791 viewsAfter the First World War there was a re-organization of the military medical services on the Islands. The Mtarfa Hospital, commissioned in 1912, was opened on the 29th June 1920, even though it had been in use for some time earlier. During the Second World War, the Mtarfa Hospital and barracks were reorganized as the 90th General Hospital and built up to a maximum of 1200 beds. An underground hospital was excavated under the military hospital. After the war the 90th General was reformed as the David Bruce Military Hospital. This continued to serve the military, complementing Bighi Naval Hospital, until 1970. For the next eight years, the Mtarfa Hospital served the needs of British military and naval personnel until its closure in 1978.1 commentsPrefect
Manoel Island Bridge788 viewsPrefect
Ghar id-Dud before the Chalet787 viewsPostcard2 commentsPrefect
Strait Street (Strada Stretta) 1933783 viewsJohn Clark1 commentsPrefect
Sliema 1882782 viewsWith neo-classical Police Station.
Quiz Question: From where was this taken?
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King George V Merchant Seamen's Memorial Hospital782 viewsOn Crucifix Bastion, opened 1922.
Now the Boffa Hospital
The Sliema terminal of the Ferry 1915780 viewsJane Banks3 commentsPrefect
HMS Talbot780 viewsWith submarines Taku, P44 & P51.
© IWM (A 14490)
Villa Zammit Pietà 1901777 viewsR.EllisPrefect
A Wartime Family773 viewsWW2 People's War

More stories at Wartime Memories in the Archive album.
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202 Squadron RAF at Kalafrana772 views On 1 January 1929, No 481 Flight flying Fairey IIID floatplanes out of Kalafrana, Malta was redesignated No 202 (Flying Boat) Squadron. Flying boats in the shape of Scapas did not arrive until 1935 but these were replaced two years later by Londons. The Squadron was placed on a high state of alert during the Spanish Civil War and Munich Crisis, but both incidents passed uneventfully. Within days of the Second World War starting, the unit moved to Gibraltar and took over a number of Swordfish floatplanes.Prefect
The Chalet & Sliema Point Battery771 views2 commentsPrefect
Ghajn Tuffieha Hospital Camp770 viewsOther hospitals and hospital camps were set up including: the Hamrun Hospital, St. Andrew's Hospital, St. George's Hospital, St. Paul's Hospital (close to St. Andrew's), St. David's Hospital and St. Patrick's Hospital, St. John's Hospital (in the Sliema Primary School), St. Ignatius Hospital (in the old Jesuit College in St. Julians), Tigne Hospital, St. Elmo and Baviere Hospitals in Valletta, Manoel Hospital, the Blue Sisters' Hospital and the Ghajn Tuffieha Camp.

Wied Għomor (Spinola)767 viewsPrefect
Balluta Buildings under construction 1926-8765 viewsOwner the Marquis Scicluna. Behind is St Ignatius College. No sign of Egmont Close yet.Prefect
The 2nd Most Photographed Place in Malta763 viewsPrefect
RNH BIGHI753 viewsD Ward Xmas 1917
Richard Ellis was one of the pioneers of photography in Malta and Ellis studios in Strada Reale, Valletta were popularly considered the epitome in professional and artistic excellence in the art of photography
Salvatore Gate753 viewsFacing Kalkara in the Cottonera Lines.
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Cottonera Hospital (Zabbar Gate)751 viewsDuring the First World War, like the Crimean War period, Malta served as a "Nurse of the Mediterranean". From the Gallipoli campaigns 2500 officers and 55400 troops were treated in the Maltese hospitals, while from the 1917 Salonika campaigns 2600 officers and 64500 troops were treated. The Valletta Station Hospital served as a sorting base for the wounded arriving in the hospital ships prior to their being transferred to the other 30 hospitals and camps scattered over the Islands. The Valletta Hospital itself was reserved for dangerously ill cases that could not be safely moved. The principal hospitals and camps used were the commissioned Naval and Military hospitals: Bighi Naval Hospital, Valletta Hospital, Cottonera Hospital, Forrest Hospital, Mtarfa Hospital (commissioned in 1912) and Chambray Convalescent Depot. Prefect
HMS Olympus751 viewsA sonar scan showing the position of the submarine HMS Olympus on the seabed seven miles off the coast of Malta. Story here.Prefect
Dockyard Creek. Late 1800s748 viewsMartin Powell
Can anyone see the Verdala Palm Tree?
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HMS Cyclops 1935747 viewsEllis.
In Msida Creek where she resided from 1926-1938, with Regent, Regulus, Rover, Otway or Oxley, Shark & Sealion.
St Luke's is half built.
St Paul's 1850s746 viewsJames Robertson/Felice Beato.
Built on the site of the Auberge d’Allemagne, the cathedral was designed by William Scamp and was built between 1839 and 1844. Queen Adelaide laid the foundation stone on 20 March 1839 and her banner hangs above the choir stalls.
Zabbar Military Hospital - (Not)745 views It is clearly a different building from This One.
Its the Naval Canteen at Corradino. I shall never trust postcard captions again!
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HMS Vulcan 1937743 viewsOriginally a trawler named Mascot and later Aston Villa before being purchased by the Royal Navy in 1936, and converted into a depot ship for coastal forces.
Gzira Church has yet to get its 2nd dome.
Dragonara Palace c1910742 viewsBefore Paceville was thought of.Prefect
Spinola 1870740 viewsThe statue of St Julian is still there.Prefect
A plan of Grand Harbour.735 viewsShowing the Cottonera Lines. Circled is the St Clement's Bastion and Parade Ground which may be of interest to our Verdala viewers.3 commentsPrefect
Malta Protestant College, Balluta c1849. ( 1843? -1865)733 viewsRead here.
Later St Ignatius (Jesuit) College 1877 - 1907.
Hence St Ignatius Junction and Old College Hill.
Blackley's Bakery Pieta733 viewsPlanning Application Aprroved.Prefect
Kalafrana 1933729 views1 commentsPrefect
Xlendi728 views3 commentsPrefect
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