The Royal Army Medical Corps
And the Malta Garrison

The Malta Garrison – 1949


Ghajn Tuffieha Camp

Ghajn Tuffieha Camp
Map of Ghajn Tuffieha Camp and Naval Rifle Ranges
Ranges Ghajn Tuffieha Camp
Naval ranges Ghajn Tuffieha Camp
Ghajn Tuffieha Camp
Ghajn Tuffieha Camp

30 Coy RAMC

On 9 Aug 1949, Special Establishment ME/5021/2 (S) was implemented, with effective force on 8 June 1949. This superseded ME/3021/1 (S).
As a result of this change the designation 30 Company RAMC became obsolete.


Up to 1941, when emergency commissions were granted, members of the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS) had been the only women in the army. They had officers' status and relative rank. On 1 Feb 1949, the QAIMNS became a corps of the regular army as the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC). Queen Mary became the first Colonel in Chief QARANC.

The officers of the QAIMNS transferred to the new corps and became liable to the full provisions of the Army Act in common with male officers. They were granted rank and titles similar to those held by officers of the Women's Royal Army Corps, but were styled matron or sister, when performing professional duties.

State Registered nurses became commissioned as lieutenants and achieved promotion to captain after six years' service, and to major after 14 years' service. Officers and recruits started their army career at the Depôt and Training Establishment QARANC, Hindhead Surrey.

Military Hospital Mtarfa

Strength (31 Mar 1949): 15 Officers, 8 Nursing Officers, 101 Other Ranks.

Education training was carried out by the Sgt RAEC attached with emphasis on English, Simple Arithmetic and Science.

On 23 Feb 1949, the GOC Malta Garrison Maj Gen W R Revell Smith CB CBE DSO MC AM visited the hospital as part of his annual administration Inspection.

On 7 June, the BMH, the Military Families Hospital and the underground hospital were visited by Maj Gen Mengies DMS GHQ MELF and by Surg Vice Admiral Greeson RN, Director of Naval Medical Services.