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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


Most viewed - Tal Handaq 40-50s (1947 - 1959)
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Cdr Miles and HRH Princess Elizabeth 194913841 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
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My Mum overlooking Mellieha Bay 195813400 viewsUnspoilt view.1 commentsvalerie easter/snowdon/
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Diana and Elisa Dick c19562650 viewsPeter Evans
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RSA Class 1959.2285 views I am on the right bottom row. Pauline Green is behind me. Geraldine Noller is to my right. Also in the class, is Dawn Fear, Patsy Glover, Heather Hollows, Leslie Leathers, a girl called Kim ? and Rosemary ? and Angela ? Help Please. The form teacher was Mr Stanley.

Photo - Valerie Easter.
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Tal Handaq Girls and Boys in Winter uniform 57-58.2043 viewsAll signatures are HERE

Jane Banks nee Stubbs
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Scouts 19512019 viewsMalcolm ShyklesPrefect
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Eagle Aviation Dakota - Blackbushe to Luqa1946 views1956

"The plane took off from Blackbushe and climbed to 10,000 feet which was its cruising height, but the flight to Nice was terrible, there were storms all the way, and apart from flying upside down the aeroplane was being buffeted all the way. Flying at 10,000 feet meant that if you hit an air pocket, the aircraft would drop almost 2,000 feet. The poor flight attendant Miss Bolton went through the aircraft picking up sick bags, the only person not sick was Kelvin, the only one on the aircraft able to eat his inflight meal and drink his tea, he even sucked on a sweet for landing so that his ears would not be painful. Then the aircraft made a perfect landing at Nice and all the passengers got off. Kelvin bless his cotton socks called 'Bboobb' at the top of the landing steps, and like a good boy he covered every step in inflight meal, crisps, cup of tea and the sweet. The French ground crew were not happy and said so."

Read Mike Palmer's memoirs by instalment here - The Old Sea Dog

NB- The link will take you to the latest chapter. To start from the beginning (posted 17 Oct 2020) keep clicking on "More Posts" at the bottom of his page.

Be sure to tune in regularly to Mike's blog for the latest in nostalgia (and to leave an appreciative comment).
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1943 viewsTal Handak Class 1DG 1958 - 1959

Lt. Cdr. Law
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One name (no longer) wanted1873 viewsMalcom Hill6 commentsPrefect
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Me April 19591870 views...but does anyone know where this is?1 commentsvalerie easter/snowdon/
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More names wanted1736 viewsMalcolm Hill2 commentsPrefect
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Jeanette on the Bastion Wall1670 viewsJeanette
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Tal Handaq at Delimara 19561649 viewsjane Banks
Back Row: Dave Edwards. ?. ?. Stan Hill. ?. Jack Stubbs. ?. Roddy Robertson. Taffy Lewis. ?. David Muckart.
Middle Row: ?. ?. Sue Cole. Anne James. Lesley Cole. Norma Leask.
Seated: Jill Watson-Liddel. Jenny Church. Rosemary Richards. ?. Jenny Mclaren. ?. ?.
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Sliema Rooftop 19561464 viewsL-R. ?, Norma Leask, Mrs Cole, Lesley Cole, Sue Cole.
Front. Peter Reynolds. Anyone know where he is?
Someone would like to know!
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Fancy Dress '57 ?1446 viewsTop left,Gail Taench, unknown male, Sheila Grimwood, Graham 'Jack' Stubbs, Geoff Day, Craig Love, Liz Wilkinson, Gordon Campbell.
Front row, Jill Wicken, Bob Trott, Val Bevins, Robin Palmer, unknown girl, and Viv Paynter.
Thanks to Spike Walton for providing names of party goers.
5 commentsjane banks
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2 Names Wanted1445 viewsMalcolm Hill1 commentsPrefect
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Fancy Dress Party '57 ?1430 viewsFrom l-r back row, John Mayes, Mike Eyett, Wendy Scott, Bob Powell, Rita Mayes, Spike Walton, Gillian Shaw, Val Woods, Paul Pond, Joy Sutton .
Sitting front row l-r unknown, unknown, Fag face Bob Blythe, Jill Wicken, Bob Trott and half face of Val Bevins.
Thank you Spike Walton for naming these party goers !
Link to Paul Pond /Jones
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Staff Photo in front of School Hall 1959?1409 views5 commentsjknight
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Old King Cole1396 viewsMalcolm ShyklesPrefect
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Class 3c 19581385 viewsFrom Dot Hicks. The class teacher was Miss Knight. I am second from the left as you look at the photo. Mary Henderson is on my right, Freida Payne is on her right. Next is Belma Aytek a Turkish girl and the last girl I think was called Eileen.2 commentsPrefect
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Form 2BG 19531381 viewsHarry Brill Edwards, Ron Colwill , Davis Smith, David Jones, Patricia Cunliffe, George Mullings
Jenny Churcher , Patrick O Keefe, Maureen Palmer, Stuart Hodkinson , David Tucker
J Ballyn, J Greaves, D Sylvester, B Y Steele, M Peters, D Kimpton, Wendy L Clarke, V Freeman
R Daniels, D Finlay, Joan(?) Fountain, A Cox, J Soffe
Kay Clay (form teacher who operated the camera)
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More names please1371 viewsMalcolm Hill5 commentsPrefect
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Swimming in Senglea1370 viewsDavid swimming in the harbour with Floriana at back.Jeanette
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Mellieha Bay 1954 © 1366 viewsGeoff & Angela Bamber with Valerie Fogden
Photo James Donald Bamber.
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On Sliema Beach1364 viewsAmongst others - Felicity Hammond, Robin Hammond, Maryanne Wheeler, Veronica Smith, Christine Collins,
Charlotte Finney, Ann Collins, Roy Hammond.
From Deborah Starkey
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19581342 viewsBehind the bars Roger Tregunno and Henry Cavill. Two girls back to the wall are Olivia Fry and Francis Smith Front row sitting: Jackie Williams,?,Christine Barns,?, Hilary Paynter. I wonder if any of the visitors to your site would be able to name the two?
I'd love to know.
David Harvey
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Form 3A 19511340 viewsPrints available from Malcolm Shykles.Prefect
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Thank you Lesley Ancient for telling me this is Anne Ashworth1315 views1956
Jane Banks
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Jackie ? 19561295 views(from America)
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Tal Handak 19581281 viewsWith the first of the new Romney Huts.
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Swimming Sports 21268 viewsLesley Cole7 commentsPrefect
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Margaret Polkinghorne's 15th birthday party1235 viewsMore names needed.5 commentsSheila Evans
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