The Royal Army Medical Corps
And the Malta Garrison

The Malta Garrison – 1954

Corps Week

Thursday 23 June 1954 was observed as Corps Day in accordance with the Director General's memorandum of 30 July 1948. This stated that in the future, the 23rd June was to be commemorated annually. The date was to be known as Corps Day to perpetuate the day when the RAMC was created on 23 June 1898.

Corps Day was to be regarded as an unofficial half holiday. Celebrations for Corps Day included a Church Service in the morning with a CO's parade and march past, with sports in the afternoon.

The DG desired all ranks to commemorate Corps Day in keeping with the high standards of the RAMC.

David Bruce Military Hospital

Lady Mountbatten
Matron Maj E W R Warner QARANC with the Countess Mountbatten on her farewell visit to the DBMH on 10 Nov 1954.

The David Bruce Military Hospital was redecorated. It looked attractive in its new internal colour scheme of pale green covering dull brown terrazzo in the wards, uniform cream in the corridors and pastel azure and pink in the gaily decorated children's ward.

Philip Hague Lovell MB BS DMRD

Philip Hague Lovell MB BS DMRD (23 July 1925–5 Oct 1976), graduated from Middlesex Hospital Medical School in 1947. After house appointments at the general hospital, Bury St Edmunds, he joined the Royal Naval Medical Service in 1951 for initially a four-year short service commission, but was accepted for a permanent commission in 1954.

During his naval career he saw service with 42 Cmdo RM as their medical officer in Malaya, Malta, and Suez Canal areas. In 1958 he began training in radiology at the Royal Naval Hospital, Plymouth, and in 1960 was seconded to the Middlesex Hospital to complete his postgraduate training in radiology.

He took the DMRD in 1962 and held appointments at the Royal Naval Hospitals at Plymouth and Portsmouth as radiologist. In 1967, he was appointed radiologist to the Royal Naval Base Hospital, Singapore, and visiting radiologist to the RAAF Hospital, Butterworth, Malaysia, with duties as senior medical officer, HMS Terror. He retired from the Royal Navy in 1968, having attained the rank of Surgeon Commander.

Families Hospital

From Nov 1952, Lt Col R L Macpherson ran an extremely busy families' wing. She had arrived from the Families' Hospital Moascar, and held the record for the number of babies delivered by any other British Military Hospital.