RAMC

Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
1920

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Malta Garrison – 1920

Regimental Medical Officers

Events 1920

Military Hospital Mtarfa

By 1920, all the hospitals that had been established to treat the casualties of the Dardanelles had been closed. Most of the older soldiers of 30 Coy RAMC had left and their places had been taken by recruits, whose time was fully occupied with routine work, technical and educational training.

On 23 June 1920, the long awaited move of the hospital from Cottonera to the new one at Mtarfa began. Work on Mtarfa Hospital had started in Jan 1915 when the foundation stone had been laid by Sir Leslie Rundle Governor and Commander-in-Chief. It had been left in a partly finished state during the war, but after a couple of months' work it was possible to use it as a hospital. In 1920, the Military Families Hospital was transferred to the old Detention Hospital Mtarfa.

There were no quarters for officers and nursing sisters, or institutes for NCOs and men. In Sept 1922, 30 Coy RAMC moved into Mtarfa Barracks that had been vacated when the troops were sent to Chanak, Turkey. The officers took over the mess and four married officers quarters; the nursing staff were accommodated in two blocks of married soldiers' quarters and the Infant School. The Sgts and the Sgt's Mess and that of the Rank and File occupied the necessary barrack rooms.

Subsequently, after 1924, work commenced on the building of all types of quarters, married and single accommodation for all personnel, officers and sisters. The men complained about their isolation on the ridge which was about 8 miles from Valletta. They were away from everywhere and everybody.

Owing to their partial occupation of Mtarfa Barracks, it was not possible to located infantry battalions into Mtarfa Barracks; the RAMC formed a little colony by themselves. The establishment was considerably smaller than that of the pre-war days. Consequently there were not enough men to raise cricket or football teams.

Garrison Strength

The strength of the garrison on 1 Mar 1920 was: Brit Officers 149, Brit Soldiers 2523, Indian or Local Officers 34, Indian or Local Soldiers 642.

Station Hospital Valletta

In 1920, the Station Hospital Valletta and the hospital of the Royal Malta Artillery with which it had been co-located were closed. The sick of the RMA were henceforth treated at the Military Hospital Mtarfa. The Station Hospital became the Headquarters of the Civil Police.

Registration of Graves – 20 May 1920

A Directorate of Graves Registration and Enquiries was established on 21 August 1916 to locate, verify, and register the graves of soldiers in the various theatres of war.

Up to 20 May 1920, Malta had 1502 registered graves. Deaths in Malta were recorded for soldiers who had served with the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, British Salonica Force, and Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli).

  • British Salonica Force 1117
  • Med Exp Force Gallipoli Royal Naval Division 40
  • Canadian Exp Force 1
  • Australian Imperial Force 205
  • New Zealand Exp Force 73
  • Newfoundland Contingent 3
  • British West Indies Regt 4
  • Indian Army 17
  • Native Troops 35

References

  1. 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.
  2. The Army List January 1920, London 1920.
  3. The Army List July 1920, corrected to 29 June 1920.
  4. The Army List August 1920, London 1920.
  5. The Army List October 1920, London 1920.
  6. The Army List December 1920, London 1920.
  7. Notes from Malta. J R Army Med Corps December 1920 p 108.
  8. General monthly returns of the regimental strength of the British Army for 1st January 1920.
  9. General monthly returns of the regimental strength of the British Army for 1st February 1920.
  10. General monthly returns of the regimental strength of the British Army for 1st April 1920.
  11. General monthly returns of the regimental strength of the British Army for 1st June 1920.
  12. General monthly returns of the regimental strength of the British Army for 1st August 1920.
  13. General monthly returns of the regimental strength of the British Army for 1st December 1920.
  14. Notes from Malta. J Roy Army Med Corps p 108 (December 1920).