Malta Branch

Malta branch combines a balance of official and social events as well as upholding the objectives of the George Cross Island Association. They welcome new members who wish to share in keeping the history of Malta alive, particularly in the younger generation.

For more information about Malta Branch, complete a membership form from this site (Membership) or email Peter Robinson at

Samples of some of the Historical Reports from Malta Branch - submitted by Malta branch.

Apostleship of the Sea

On the evening of 6th November, along with other service associations the Branch was invited by the Port Chaplain, Fr. Joe Borg,to participate in a service at ta’Liesse church to remember those who gave their lives during the two world wars, especially those who died during Operation Pedestal. A particular mention was made of Alan Shaw, the last

of the Ohio survivors who had passed away recently.

Guest of honour was Commander Mark Varner, R.N, who was representing the British High Commissioner.

The Branch Chairman, Peter Robinson and his wife Mary attended with several members and the Chairman had the honour of delivering the Exhortation. Liam Barlow paraded the Branch Standard

Remembrance Day - 2019

As always the Branch participated in the Remembrance Day Service at St. John’s Cathedral and they wreath laying at the Floriana War Memorial.

The standard was paraded by Liam Barlow and the Branch Chairman, Peter Robinson, laid a wreath on behalf of the Branch. The weather on the day was perfect with not a spot of rain in sight.

Remembrance ceremony in Malta - 2020

John C Navarro George Cross Island Association - Malta Branch

Members of the Malta Branch of the George Cross Island Association played a part in Remembrance Sunday and Armistice day events despite the much reduced numbers allowed to participate, due to pandemic restrictions. Branch Chairman Peter Robinson MBE and member Charles Taliana read the lessons in the service at St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta.

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) Branch Chairman, Peter Robinson and his wife Mary, were very honoured to be invited to the welcome reception for Her Majesty the Queen and other members of the Royal Family when they were in Malta for CHOGM. It was a memorable evening not only because of whom they met but because it was the last time it really rained this winter. Fortunately they were all enclosed in a large plastic tent in the garden of the San Anton Palace looking out at it all.

The following day the Committee had been invited to attend a wreath laying by Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall and to parade the Standard at the Kalkara Naval Cemetery. However, in view of the inclement weather being forecast to continue it was decided to cancel and transfer to the British High Commissioner’s Residence where we were fed and watered and introduced to the Duchess who went out of her way to speak to everyone at some length

Her Excellency the President, Marie Louise Coleiro Preca at San Anton Palace. Her Excellency continues her patronage of the Branch

Our Patron sharing a joke with Vice Chairman Lino Camilleri MBE

Written by Mr Peter Robinson MBE.

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August 15th, 2020 – Operation Pedestal/Santa Marija Convoy

Normally the Association commemorates this date in the UK with a ceremony at All Hallows by the Tower, but this year is had to be cancelled due to Covid 19, however, we all remembered the Pedestal veterans and the bravery of the people of Malta, in our own ways this year.

In Malta, there is normally a Santa Maria convoy remembrance, and although this year one was held in Valletta overlooking Grand Harbour, on the evening of the 14th August, organised by the RNA, it was been scaled down to just a few people, the RNA committee with their standard along with the RBL standard, The Malta Re-enactment group, 2 priests the British High Commissioner, H.E. Mr Stuart Gill OBE and our Malta Branch Chairman Peter Robinson MBE and his wife Mary. Peter, respectful of the environment, cast a red and white posy into the waters rather than a non-biodegradable wreath.

Malta Branch 2017 AGM and lunch:

Armistice day in the morning - Remembrance at the Saluting Battery

Branch Chairman, Peter Robinson and his wife Mary attended the Santa Maria Convoy commemoration held on the 11th August, 2017 at the Seafarers monument: