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Malta Garrison – 1946

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Governor and Commander-in-Chief

Mr Francis Campbell Ross Douglas 10 July 1946 - 16 June 1949.
The Governor and Commander-in-Chief arrived by air on 9 July in relief of Lieut General Sir Edmond Schreiber KCB DSO. Mr Douglas was the first civilian Governor to be appointed since Sir Richard Moore O'Ferrall in 1847.

Malta Formations – August 1946

  • G A & C C Malta Command
  • 68 Hy AA Regt RA
  • No 1 Composite Bty CA RA
  • AA & CA School
  • 2nd/South Lancashire Regt
  • 5th/Manchester Regt
  • Fortress Coy RE
  • Works Services RE
  • Malta Command Signals Sqn
  • 8 Special Wireless Sqn
  • HQ Royal Army Service Corps
  • 32 Coy RASC (MT)
  • Malta Supply Depôt RASC
  • Water Transport Coy RASC
  • 90 Military Hospital
  • 30 Coy RAMC
  • Ordnance Depôt RAOC
  • Ammunition Depôt RAOC
  • REME Workshops
  • 226 Provost Coy CMP
  • Detention Barracks
  • HQ Pembroke Area
  • HQ Tigne Area
  • Detachment RAPC
  • No 1 (Malta) P W Camp
  • No 2 (Malta) P W Camp
  • 246 Rest Camp
  • RASC/EFI

Disbandment of Army Units

The following units were disbanded in 1946:

  • Works Coy RE — 15 July
  • Malta Sec Ord Serv — 24 July
  • 1st/4th Sth Lanc Regt — 29 July
  • 1st/KOMR — 31 July
  • 2nd/KOMR — 31 July
  • 201 Gp Pioneer Corps — 31 July
  • 2600 Gp Pioneer Coy — 31 July
  • 2601 Gp Pioneer Coy — 31 July
  • HQ FRE — 31 July
  • A & D Centre — 14 Aug
  • SIB Malta — 15 Aug
  • 69 F S S — 15 Aug
  • ACC Malta — 20 Aug
  • HQ (O2E) Malta Command — 30 Sept. O2E dealt with administration. It was located at St Paul's Hutments Pembroke.
  • No 2 (Malta) P W Camp — 7 Oct
  • 5th/Manchester — 27 Dec

The final releases of Maltese Unit personnel was completed by 31 July 1946. On 7 Sept 1946, Records Office Maltese Units was redesignated Maltese Records Office. A number of Maltese ex-soldiers applied for re-enlistment into the British Army.

In view of the limited facilities for training in Malta disposal instructions for such personnel whose applications were approved, were requested from the War Office.

Malta Constitution

In Jan 1946, Sir Harold MacMichael was appointed constitutional commissioner for Malta. He visited the island in May 1946.

In the aftermath of the war, two issues dominated the Maltese political scene. The first related to the restoration of responsible government, which, following the dismissal of the pro Italian Nationalist administration in Nov 1933, had been suspended and subsequently annulled.

The second was the level of financial aid to be provided by Britain for Malta's post war reconstruction. The Hon. G H Hall, Secretary of State for the Colonies, had underscored the importance of reaching agreement on a financial settlement sufficiently generous to ensure a reasonable prospect of success for a responsible government.

No 90 Military Hospital Malta

The name 90 General Hospital was changed to 90 Military Hospital Malta under the authority of HQ Malta Command dated 5 August 1946.

The strength of 90 Military Hospital Mtarfa on 30 Sept 1946 was 13 officers, 19 nursing officers, 82 other ranks:

  • 1 Officer Commanding
  • 2 Surgical Specialist
  • 1 Medical Specialist
  • 1 Radiologist
  • 1 Anaesthetist
  • 1 Registrar
  • 1 Pathologist
  • 1 Quartermaster
  • 1 Dental Officer
  • 3 General Duties Medical Officers
  • 1 Matron
  • 1 Assistant Matron
  • 2 Theatre Sisters
  • 1 LIAP
  • 14 General Duties Nursing Staff

Under authority of HQ Malta Command, memorandum CHQ/210/A/dated 5 Aug 1946, the name of the hospital changed from 90 British General Hospital to 90 Military Hospital. The Isolation Block 90 Military Hospital admitted patients with tuberculosis.

Isolation Block

Owing to shortage of RAMC staff, cases of tuberculosis were accommodated in the Isolation wing of 90 Military Hospital Mtarfa.

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Bibliography

  • Drew R: Commissioned Officers in the Medical Services of the British Army Vol II. Roll of Officers in the Royal Army Medical Corps 1898–1960. London The Wellcome Historical Medical Library 1968.
  • TNA:WO 177/1886, War Diaries 30 Coy RAMC 1 January 1943 to 30 June 1946.
  • TNA:WO 177/1360, War Diaries No 90 British General Hospital Apr 1940 to September 1946.
  • TNA:WO 265/60. Quarterly Historical Reports, 90 Military Hospital Mtarfa, 31 December 1946.
  • TNA:WO 265/1. Quarterly Historical Reports, Headquarters Malta Command, 30 September - 31 December 1946.