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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org giving name and numbers of attendees.
Dress jacket and tie.
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 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
August 13th saw the annual All Hallows Ceremony take place, click here to go to the report page.
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)
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 email@example.com
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 occasion to be introduced to her Majesty the Queen and H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh in the course of a reception hosted by the President of Malta at San Anton Palace yesterday.
Her Majesty and his Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh are in Malta for a two day state visit in connection with this year's Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting .(CHOGM)
They were also introduced to His Royal Highness Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall who are also in Malta for this historic occasion which is rumoured to be the last one to be presided over by Her Majesty as Head of the Commonwealth.
Malta has a special place in Her Majesty's heart as she lived here for a number of months in the late forties as a young naval wife during the first years of her marriage to Prince Philip.
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 HAVE A COMPLETION DATE WE WILL SEEK A RE-DEDICATION DATE,
WHICH IS ANTICIPATED WILL BE LATE JULY OR AUGUST.
ANY MEMBERS WHO WISHES TO ATTEND, WOULD YOU PLEASE LET NATIONAL SECRETARY KNOW NOW, AS THIS WILL ALLOW US TO ADVISE YOU OF THE DATE OF THE SERVICE WHEN IT BECOMES KNOWN
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