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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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

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Cdr Miles and HRH Princess Elizabeth 194914240 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 195813465 viewsUnspoilt view.1 commentsvalerie easter/snowdon/
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HMS Woodbridge Haven 19594678 viewsIn Sliema Creek with the Minesweeping Squadron.

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Empire Stadium Gzira4633 viewsLater known as The Stadium. Used mostly for football matches (and greyhound racing) and hosted the home matches of the Maltese national football team and also hosted the final of the Maltese Cup. The stadium was able to hold 30,000 spectators and originally opened in 1922. It was notorious for its sandy pitch. It hosted its final game in 1981, being replaced by the modern Ta' Qali Stadium.2 commentsPrefect
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Top row- Steven Spence, Brian Gunns, 'Tiny' Knapman: Front Row:- Gaynor Hamley, David Dugmore & Lynne Gregory4575 viewsDugmore
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John & Ursula Payne4231 viewsManoel Island 1961John Payne
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Royalty 1950 ©3650 viewsOutside Villa Guardamangia.
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Fleur de Lis Gate3540 viewsAbout 1904, before the roundabout.
Rails on the left by the Aqueduct are for the construction of the Tramway.
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Eros Cafe Sliema, Summer 19693387 viewsPaul Wickham, Dom Busuttil-Rivers, Keith Woodcock, Dan Rowan.

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Class 4K 1976-19773369 viewsRuth Markwell3 commentsPrefect
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TH Dance at Verdala2977 viewsbernardhoctor
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A gorgeous Linda Moody2956 viewsAt St Georges (I think) 1976.eansmith
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My Sister & Friends2953 viewsBirzebbuga beach 1971-2.
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Diana and Elisa Dick c19562684 viewsPeter Evans
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HMS Bulawayo2523 viewsNordmark (later Northmark) was a former German Navy fast fleet oiler which was allocated to the Royal Navy by the Inter-Allied Repatriations Commission when British forces entered Copenhagen on 9 May 1945. Cost of conversion to RFA standards was considered prohibitive, so she remained RN. Carried out trials of the abeam method. The Bulawayo Cup was presented to ships on the Mediterranean Station which displayed the most conspicuous efficiency in Replenishment at Sea.
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Class 1D 19742509 viewsForm Master is John Hughes
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Form 2A2 19742503 viewsLynn Mentiply.
Back (L-R): Lawrence Richards, Andrew Ball, David Franklin, Steven Barratt, Paul Thomas (hidden), Andrew Dearlove, Steven Burton, Martin Dunn, David ?, Alan ?, Raymond Eddie
Middle: Jane Stubbings, Debbie Humphreys, Pauline Hillier, Janet Hall, Helen Gough, Rosalind Douglas, Consuelo Gelsthorpe, Yvonne Wilson, Mandy King, Rona Macallum, Jane Arbuthnot
Front: Bridget Cartwright, Sara Loudon, Tina Burton, Mr P.A. Allen, Kim Branch, Tonia Steele, Lynn Mentiply
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Netball 19732489 views2 commentsPrefect
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3B Mr Finnis Class 1977 or 19782476 viewsSue Dove
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Airmen's Mess RAF Luqa2461 views2 commentsPrefect
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1A1 1976 (I think)2439 viewsClass photo Tal Handaq 1A1
Back Row - L-R Derek Saunders (me) John Jefferson, Phillip Basson, Andreas Oliver, Andrew Mockford, Wayne Spencer, Ian Knight, Gary Bright, Carl Jenkins, Kevin Greenwood, Haydn Knight
Middle - Patrick O'Malley, Claire Corbett, Penny Towe, Dawn Dawson, Caroline Sturdy, Sarah Brown, X, Denise Crowley, Shaun Bailey
Front - Dawn Ramsey,? Mckee, X, Miss Rae, Janie Macintosh, Joanne Hill, X
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School Disco at Kalafrana2427 viewsSteve Rippon, Linda Moody et al.1 commentseansmith
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Miss Wilson's Class 19752404 viewsDiane Perrin (Stapley)Prefect
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Luqa School Class in 19652398 viewsWith Mr George Cannon, Andy Joyner, Mike Castle, Linda Sweeney, Susan Paton & Vicky Edwards.Prefect
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Eagle Aviation Dakota - Blackbushe to Luqa2359 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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1B1 Miss Shone's Class, 1976 or 19752358 viewsSue Dove
When girls were girls and boys were yucky!!!
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Form 3F October 19752351 viewsRuth Markwell1 commentsPrefect
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RSA Class 1959.2318 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.

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Water Boats2291 viewsPainting by OldBat
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