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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


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David Michael Gerrard 1946-2016 (aka Prefect)1509 viewsMy very very sad task to report David's passing on Sunday 17 January. THN Webmaster, Scholar, Sea Captain, Falklands Veteran, Friend and all round Good Bloke, he has gone to stand at the back of the big Assembly in the sky (or is it Detention?). Sahha xbien.

Dave seen here in his role as honorary member of TH ladies-who-lunch (Exeter) club, Sept 2015.

Funeral to take place at 3pm Tuesday 2nd Feb, Weston Mill Crematorium, Plymouth PL2 2EP (easy access from A38).

Please feel free to write tributes below, they can be printed out for the day.
9 commentsMartin Powell55555
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1B1 Miss Shone's Class, 1976 or 19752224 viewsSue Dove
When girls were girls and boys were yucky!!!
Prefect55555
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Aerial view mid-60s209 viewsCompare with the layout plan HERE

The corrugated-roofs were Romney huts (not Nissen huts).
2 commentsadmin55555
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Aerial plan mid-60s155 viewsNorth is right

Compare view HERE

Key : 1. Block 11 - Dining Hall & Galley
2. Block 11 - 6th form
3. Old Music Room / Careers Room / sometime L6th common room
4. Block 12 Classrooms
5. Block 12 Classrooms
6. Language Lab
7. Caretaker's Store
8. Tuck Shop
9. Science Block (13)
10. Block 1 Classrooms & Biology Lab
11. Block 2 Classrooms
12. Incinerator
13. Classrooms? (Possibly toilets but wrong colour)
14. Block 3 Classrooms
15. Block 4 Classrooms
16. Block 5 Classrooms
17. Block 6 Classrooms & Metalwork / Tech Drawing
18. Block 14 Classrooms & Shorthand / Typing
19. Boys’ Toilets
20. Block 15 Classrooms
21. Library
22. Block 16 Classrooms
23. Girls’ Toilets & Showers
24. Hall
25. Boiler Room
26. New Music Room
27. Gymnasium & Showers
28. Netball / Tennis Court
29. Woodwork Block (7)
30. Groundsmen's Store
31. The "Field"
32. Art Block (8)
33. Art & Craft Block (9)
34. Block 10 Classrooms
35. Admin Block
admin55555
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The Pit, entrance tunnel179 viewsAfter attempts in 2013 and 2017 and again last week (October 2019) I still can’t get full access to The Pit. Nice people running the military bookshop, but won’t allow me to go down as they have lots of artefacts stored there pending refurbishment to make a museum. However at least I got further than last time. The sloping tunnel remains very familiar, although the steps and smooth concrete sidewalks were not there when we opened the place in summer 1965.1 commentsIvan55555
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Form 2C / 3C circa 1976663 viewsI'm 2nd from right top row. 4th from right top row is Gary and to his left is Billy Mac (MacDonald) I think it is Steve Fairclough 7th from right top row and to his left a lad called xxxx Gleeson or similar. I cannot recall any of the girls' names, didn't seem important when I was 12!Dez Foster55555
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Safi Youth Club 1978927 viewsHeidi Hipperson and Debbie Smeeton2 commentsKevin Perkin55555
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RAF Luqa Primary 609 viewsPrefect55555
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The Students807 viewsat the Dockyard Club Summer 1961
- Robin Bowes, Bob Satterley, Ned Reubens, Rog Wilkin
2 commentsPrefect55555
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Miss Kernahan's photo of Verdala staff 1959 © 675 viewsInstructor Commander L. G. Brooks, M.B.E., R.N.
4A1 Mr. P. Ross 4A2 Miss A. Rowe 4B1 Mrs. D. Steele 4B2 Miss L. Candey 4C Mr. J. Ousbey 3A Mr, D, Jenkins 3B Miss S. Horton 3C1 Miss D. Butter 3C2 Miss E. McMeeking 3D Mrs. W. Preston 2A Mrs. L. Farrugia 2B Miss G. Stinston 2C Mr. R. Carrell 2D1 Miss D. Hodgson 2D2 Miss N. Roberts 1A Miss J. Watson 1B Miss B. Kernahan 1C Mrs. P. Allen ID Miss J. Billard 1E Mr. M. Birch
Rec. Mr. W. Willsher Mrs. R. Richards
I1 Miss A Batty I2 Mrs M Davies I3 Miss P Lee I4 Mrs I Keane I5 Miss W Townend I6 Miss K Burke I7 Miss P. Holwood I8 Miss G. M. Stideford I9 Mrs. P. Beech I10 Mr. A. Gee I11 Mrs. N. Farr I12 Mrs. E. Roberts. Secretary — Mrs. S. E. Boyce
OldBat55555
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Carol Morrison ©1121 viewsTaking photo of Miss Yule's plaque.
See Plaque.
abigden55555
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Adrian Worley 1952-20041565 viewsTaken at the Farnborough reunion 1999. Adrian took his own life in Jan 2004 after a long history of health problems, which were not helped by his service in Bosnia.2 commentsMartin Powell55555
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Class 1A 1976-71450 viewsBack - Mark Judd, Andrew Morse, xxx, xxx,William Geddis, George x, Jeremy Starling,
Middle - Stew Johnson, Kevin McGlone (me), xxx, Monique Noort, Tanya xxx, Mark Bennett, xxx
Front - Lorraine xxx, Helen Winter-Goodwin, cxx, Trudy Curtis, Mr Mulholland, Michelle Mannickham, xxx, Jane xxx, xxx

Prefect55555
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Tigne School, Tue 1st Aug 1989 ©738 views4 commentsDavid Robinson55555
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Tigne School, Malta, Mon 7th Aug 1989 ©1227 views4 commentsDavid Robinson55555
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Consider Yourself702 viewsPhillip Kitson and Daryl Cornner
Oliver! 1973
3 commentshnritchie55555
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Judo 19731519 viewsPrefect55555
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Form 3A 19511247 viewsPrints available from Malcolm Shykles.Prefect55555
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Lifesavers at Kalafrana 19611822 viewsTony Graham2 commentsPrefect55555
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Tigne School531 views1955Prefect55555
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The Cathedral Choir440 viewsSt. Paul's Anglican Cathedral. Mid 1960s.2 commentsPrefect55555
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Sliema 1959690 viewsSunny Micallef, Susan Finch, John Finch.
(See Guestbook)
Prefect55555
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Form 2A2 19742330 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
1 commentsPrefect55555
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From the archives - 50 years on.141 viewsThe name of the school was changed from RNS TH to SCS TH in 1969 (Service Children's School), though it continued to be administered by the Royal Navy. All other service schools in Malta then came under the remit of the RN, Captain HC Malkin (Headmaster 1966 - 1970) being appointed the first OiC Service Schools, Malta & Naples.

Photo : Evan Potts
2 commentsadmin55555
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The Common Room website....219 views....is archived HERE (2006)

...and HERE (2013)

...and the links still work (mostly) !!
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Kathy - Pauline - Jill1034 viewsThey havn't changed a bit!Prefect55555
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Tigne School, Malta, Tue 1st Aug 1989 ©499 viewsDavid Robinson55555
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John Wilson 1954627 viewsDiving off Bighi Rocks.
RFA War Hindoo beyond.
1 commentsAnn Ross-MacDonald55555
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Old King Cole1326 viewsMalcolm ShyklesPrefect55555
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Class 3c 19581295 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 commentsPrefect44444
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Mellieha Beach in Winter906 viewsPaul Lovell
Black jeans were compulsory.
Prefect44444
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Spike1135 viewsMalcolm Hill3 commentsPrefect44444
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