Malta Reunion 2016 - see page for pictures and text.  Veterans visit to St Martin's College

Events 2018

posted 28 Jan 2018, 07:08 by Pat Scott

The Events page has been updated - please do take a look and put relevant dates into your diaries.

Are you 17? The heroes with grimy faces

posted 14 May 2017, 11:45 by Pat Scott

Before joining the Royal Navy and sailing to Malta, Alan Sandall, our West branch “veteran”, served as a volunteer youngster in the war-time fire service. When he joined at 14, like so many others, it was the AFS, the Auxiliary Fire Service. Then, facing such odds from enemy bombing, the Government forced a National Fire Service, the NFS.

Lucky to live, he wrote an 87 thousand word book telling the story of these men and women whom Winston Churchill called, “The heroes with grimy faces.” Vividly it tells the story from 1938, when men volunteered in case of war, through to the end. All are true incidents, giving a taste of the horrors and hardships.

More than a thousand fire-fighters, including 25 women, lost their lives. Just like the GCIA there is a memorial in London. Close by St Paul’s Cathedral is an eight-foot high bronze sculpture, to remember their heroism. 

Because of the renewed interest in those days, and people keep asking for copies of his book, he has arranged a further reprint. The title is,  Are You 17?  Copies cost £9.50

If GCIA members would like a copy , send a tenner and he will pay the rest of the postage and give £2 for each copy sold to GCIA funds. Alan Sandall, Sherwill, 13 Styles Avenue, Frome, Somerset, BA11 5JN.

(Please respect Alan's privacy and only contact him with regard to this publication, many thanks)

We are all in Malta !

posted 18 Apr 2017, 07:35 by Pat Scott   [ updated 18 Apr 2017, 08:14 ]

Everyone arrived safely and we have attended two events - the Siege Bell ceremony, and The "GCIA Chapel" at TaQali Aviation Museum.  See our Malta Reunion 2017 Page


posted 7 Apr 2017, 23:05 by Pat Scott

Auberge de Castille, Valletta - Friday 21 April 2017 at 7.00pm

On the occasion of the 75th anniversary from the award of the George Cross to Malta by King George VI, in April 1942, Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna in conjunction with the Malta Tourism Authority is holding a public lecture by the British military historian and broadcaster James Holland, author of military history books including the best seller Fortress Malta.

In this talk, James Holland will focus on the crucial months of 1942, revealing the depth of the nation’s suffering and outlining its extraordinary fightback and the part the island played in the Axis defeat in North Africa. For more than two years, fortress of Malta was besieged, yet it held out against the odds and played a vital strategic role as an offensive base from which Britain could attack vital Axis supply lines.

The lecture will be followed by the viewing of the historic 1942 British documentary Malta GC and a reception kindly provided by the Office of the Prime Minister. 

A brief Fortress Malta book signing by the author will precede the reception.

This event is taking place on Friday 21st April 2017 at 7.00pm and is being hosted by the Office of the Prime Minister at the Ambassadors’ Hall, Auberge de Castille, Valletta. Attendance is free but limited to 120 and strictly by prior registration on a first come first served basis. Due to security constraints unregistered individuals and late comers will not be allowed in.

This event is being held under the auspices of the Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Hon Owen Bonnici and kindly supported by the Corinthia Palace Hotel, Attard.

To book email giving name and numbers of attendees.

Dress jacket and tie.

Group Captain J O Dalley OBE DFM Légion d’honneur

posted 11 Feb 2017, 06:48 by Pat Scott   [ updated 11 Feb 2017, 07:20 ]

1920-2017 [Aged 96 years]
Sadly we have to report that Group Captain Dalley has crossed the bar.

Please click here to read his obituary as written by his family.  He will be great missed.  May he rest in peace.  

Malta Day, London 2016

posted 13 Sep 2016, 09:40 by Pat Scott   [ updated 13 Sep 2016, 09:55 ]

Malta Day was celebrated in London on the 3rd September.  Access the write up by West Branch member Janet Barkway by clicking this link: Malta Day 2016.  Also lots more photos in the Gallery page

All Hallows Ceremony

posted 22 Aug 2016, 06:26 by Pat Scott   [ updated 22 Aug 2016, 06:28 ]

August 13th saw the annual All Hallows Ceremony take place, click here to go to the report page.

New Pages added

posted 10 Jun 2016, 12:07 by Pat Scott   [ updated 15 Jun 2016, 13:14 ]

Malta Reunion 2016 and Veterans School visit to St. Martin's College and the National Arboretum memorial re-dedication ceremony

Legion d'Honneur - Charles Grant

posted 27 Mar 2016, 02:52 by Pat Scott

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 more details and photograph on the West Branch section of the UK Branches page (click here)

Rededication of the GCIA Memorial - National Arboretum

posted 20 Mar 2016, 04:56 by Pat Scott

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 and friends. George Martin, a local member of the Association volunteered to oversee the project and assist with the build.  The build was carried out by Andrew Brown-Jackson, Andrew has a long association with the NMA and has built several of the memorials on the site. The plinth and column were built using handpicked Derbyshire Limestone which is a very close match to the natural stone on the island of Malta, with the legend, HONOURING THOSE WHO DEFENDED AND SUPPLIED MALTA DURING WW11. The plaque on top of the column was supplied by Allan Cannell of Memorials in Lichfield. It is mid grey polished granite showing the GCIA badge in colour.

The George Cross Island Association will be holding a re-dedication service at 12.00.Hrs. on Monday 13th June 2016 at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Litchfield, Staffordshire. DE13 7AR. We sincerely hope that all those that have contributed and are able, will attend, to see this magnificent memorial, which is in remembrance of all those who died in defence of the Island Fortress of Malta, and those of the Association that served and who have died since. Contact Michael Gaw Tel.No. 01903 786058 or E-mail

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