The Royal Army Medical Corps
And the Malta Garrison

The Malta Garrison – 1953

RAMC Corps Week

Corps Week was inaugurated with a parade Service at St Oswald Hospital Church on Sunday 21 June. At the march-past which followed, the salute was taken by Col Kenneth McNeill RAMC DDMS Malta.

The following day, half the unit went to Ghajn Tuffieha for a day on the beach. The officers annual cocktail party was held in the hospital grounds on the evening of Corps Day. The Acting Governor of Malta and Countess Mountbatten of Burma attended. Several medical officers of the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force and representatives of most units in Malta were present.

Maj-Gen William Alexander Drummond, Director Medical Services GHQ MELF, visited 30 Coy for a few hours during his short stop before taking up his appointment as DMS GHQ MELF.

Waverley Committee

In Sep 1953, the Ministry of Defence sat up a committee under Lord Waverley to review the arrangements for providing medical and dental services for the Armed Forces at home and abroad in peace and war.

The Waverley report recommended that woman doctors should be eligible for permanent regular commissions. The first commissions, however, were not granted until Dec 1961.

Sir Cyril May KBE CB MC FRCS

Admiral McKenzie
Sir Alexander McKenzie DRNMS with Surgeon Rear Admiral C May RN Bighi Hospital 4 Dec 1953 (AMS Archives).

Surgeon Rear-Admiral Sir Cyril May (12 June 1897-17 Sept 1979) was medical officer in charge of RN Hospital Malta from 1953 to 1956, and medical adviser to the Commander-in-Chief Mediterranean.

In 1956, he was promoted Surgeon Vice-Admiral and served as medical director of the Royal Navy until 1960.