Association President


Major Maurice G. Agius, our only Maltese veteran member of the George Cross Island Association to reach the venerable age of 100, celebrates his birthday today - 20th May 2021.  Maurice was a very active and present member of the Malta Branch and attended most functions and commemorations up to a couple of years ago. 

He started his military career in 1938 as a volunteer reservist with the King’s Own Malta Regiment of the British Army, while reading Medicine at the University of Malta joining the regular army in 1940 on the outbreak of war with Italy as a second lieutenant in the Royal Malta Artillery. During his entire wartime-service he was posted to heavy anti-aircraft units in various batteries around the Island.

After the war, he remained in the army and reached the rank of Major, seeing service in Germany, Libya and the United Kingdom. Upon retirement in 1968 he was instrumental in piloting the Malta Memorial District Nursing Association (MMDNA), which provided home nursing to vulnerable persons in their homes, till very recently.

Maurice wrote about his wartime experience in his interesting book : “Recollections of a Malta HAA Gunner” where he narrates a particular hair-raising event when an enemy bomb landed on his bed at Nadur HAA Battery which he had temporarily vacated to attend to the duties of a fellow officer who had gone out on leave that night.

Our best wishes for many happy returns go out to this extraordinary and most charming member of our Association. 

Below are some photos taken during the Malta reunions attended by the UK Members each April.

Myself, Major Aguis and UK Veteran,
Captain Jack McNulty (RIP)
 Enjoying the hospitality of the AFM Reading at a Siege Bell Ceremony which he always attends

(Times of Malta, carried a more detailed biography of Major Maurice G. Agius in its 20th May, 2021 issue reproduced here.)

Joseph Galea Debono.