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If you like what you see, or have had your interest stimulated by this site - why not join our Association - we would love to welcome you on board.

The George Cross Island Association Originally came into being to commemorate and bring together veterans and families of the Siege of Malta (1940 to 1943) and particularly those who took part in the Pedestal Convoy so that comrades and friends could share their experiences. However, today we welcome members from all walks of life who have an interest in Malta and want to see history promoted and maintained. So if you have an interest in history, particularly the Mediterranean during WW2, do join us – we would love to hear your memories and experiences or simply share ours with you.  Please use the Membership page to complete a form which will automatically be sent to the membership secretary who will send on all the relevant information.

We are honoured to have as Patron, his Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh, KG, KT, Prince Philip who himself served in Malta and both he and HM The Queen have a great affection for Malta and her people.

More information about the GCIA can be found on the page tabs across the top, and also information about upcoming events, photographs of past events and a membership form.  All our members receive a quarterly newsletter which gives information on upcoming events, past events and include contributions from members.

Through this website we aim to help maintain and provide an historical and educational resource for future generations, as well as to be a focal point to bring together all our members and interested parties. 

Within our branches in the UK and in Malta many of our members have relatives who took part in the Pedestal Convoy or who served in Malta or were in Malta during WWII and afterwards; they share with us their memories and experiences and take part in the various commemorative events we organise each year.  All are welcomed at our events whether they have any military background or not and including non-members of the GCIA.
Along with other events, the Association holds a reunion in Malta every year to commemorate the award of the George Cross and remember over 7,000 civilians and serving men who were killed during this bitter and prolonged siege. The branches (see our membership page) also hold their own commemorative events and get together regularly at social meetings you will find these on the branch pages of this site.

We welcome contributions to this site from our members or from any one who has an interesting article. Please send your contributions to:info@georgecrossisland.org.uk



SEE EVENTS PAGE FOR DETAILS OF UPCOMING EVENTS ALSO THE BRANCH PAGES

NEWS & OBITUARIES
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GCIA News Headlines

  • New Pages added Malta Reunion 2016 and Veterans School visit to St. Martin's College and the National Arboretum memorial re-dedication ceremony
    Posted 15 Jun 2016, 13:14 by Pat Scott
  • Legion d'Honneur - Charles Grant West Branch President and pedestal veteran, Charles Grant, has been awarded the Legion d'Honneur presented by the French Government to surviving D-Day and Battle of France veterans. See ...
    Posted 27 Mar 2016, 02:52 by Pat Scott
  • Rededication of the GCIA Memorial - National Arboretum The memorial was refurbished to fulfil members’ wishes that a more permanent memorial be constructed within the low wall. The funds were raised by members of the Association, their families ...
    Posted 20 Mar 2016, 04:56 by Pat Scott
  • News from Malta The President of the GCIA, Judge Joseph Galea Debono and Mrs. Galea Debono and the Chairman of the Malta G.C. Branch, Mr. Peter Robinson and Mrs. Robinson had the ...
    Posted 28 Nov 2015, 15:20 by Pat Scott
  • Latest news on Arboretum Good progress has been made. We are indebted to George Martin our indentured apprentice for all his efforts and hard work in making this project possible.AS SOON AS WE ...
    Posted 16 Jun 2015, 11:48 by Pat Scott
  • Update on the GCIA Memorial - National Arboretum Following our plea for funds to be raised to enable the restoration of the GCIA memorial, we had a fantastic response from the branches as well as individual's and ...
    Posted 31 Mar 2015, 01:59 by Pat Scott
  • JACK VOWLES 1921- 2015 Tribute by Group Captain Paul MacdonaldIt is with great sadness that I have to inform the membership that dear Jack Vowles has made his last “Fly Pass” sadly he ...
    Posted 31 Mar 2015, 01:06 by Pat Scott
  • Dr Michael Refalo KOM., BA(Hons).,LLD.,FRSA Obituary written by Julia Gaw, National Chairman, George Cross Island Association.It is with my deepest regret that I have to inform you of the passing of our former President ...
    Posted 31 Mar 2015, 00:56 by Pat Scott
  • Lt. Col A.L. Pace Bonello, MBE (R.I.P.) It is with great sadness that we have been informed today of the passing of veteran and founder of the Malta branch of the GCIA Lieutenant Colonel Chevalier Antoine Pace ...
    Posted 8 Oct 2014, 09:44 by Pat Scott
  • All Hallows 2014 The report and photos of this years' annual commemorative service is on the All Hallows tab. 
    Posted 31 Aug 2014, 09:25 by Pat Scott
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CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THE ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT

The May monthly issue of FLYPAST MAGAZINE, Britain's top-selling aviation monthly, has published a seven-page pictorial article by the President of the GCIA, Judge Joseph Galea Debono, titled: "The Glorious Tenth."

The article gives a blow-by-blow account of the air battle in the Maltese skies on the 10th.May , 1942 which turned the tide of battle and reversed the hitherto air supremacy enjoyed by the German Luftwaffe and Italian Regia Aeronautica since the beginning of the Malta siege on 11th. June, 1940.

The article gives the background history of the siege leading up to the two deliveries of Spitfires to Malta on 20th. April and 9th. May, 1942, culminating in a detailed description of the air battle on the morrow.

The article which is an updated and expanded version of a feature appearing in The Sunday Times of Malta on 10th. May, 2015, has "George Cross Island" as a subtitle and refers to the award of this honour to the islanders and its defenders by King George VI on 15th. April, 1942.

The magazine's editor noted that the author is the President of the George Cross Island Association. Judge Galea Debono has been researching the history of Malta's contribution to the war effort for the last 50 years and has even translated into English  a book titled : "Raiders Passed"  by Charles Grech, which narrates the tragic events of that conflict through the eyes of a Maltese teenager.