Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison

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Malta Garrison – 1936

Regimental Medical Officers

Events 1936

HT Ship Dilwara

The trooper Dilwara was the first ship specially constructed for the movement of troops. It left Southampton in 1936 on its maiden voyage to Karachi via Basra. Hitherto, it had been the custom to adapt existing ships, but the Dilwara had been constructed to embody improvements suggested by years of experience. It compared very favourably with passenger lines sailing between England and the Far East.

The Dilwara was named after a village in Rajputan and was owned by the British India Steam Navigation Company. It was built on the Clyde by Barclay Curle and Co and was oil driven. It carried 104 first class passengers in one, two, or three berth cabins, a hundred in second class two, three, and fourth berth cabins. In addition it had hammock billets for 1,150 troops on the main and lower decks.

Mtarfa Barracks

On 11 Sept 1935, II AA Bde RA arrived from England. It occupied Mtarfa barracks which had been left unoccupied for the previous six years.

On 30 May 1936, the new Governor, Lt Gen Sir Charles Bonham-Carter visited Mtarfa Barracks and inspected the whole of the RA contingent.

The strength of the Malta Garrison on 30 June 1936 was 165 officers and 3,009 other ranks.

Plague 1936 - 1937

A small outbreak of plague broke out in Apr 1936 at Qormi. Plague was thought to have been imported in rodent infested hay and straw from the Barbary Coast.

By the end of May the infection had spread to the nearby village of Zebbug and a few scattered foci occurred at Rabat, Marsa and Attard. There were 33 cases with 12 deaths. The epidemic died out in May 1937.


  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 1936, corrected to 30 December 1935.
  3. The Army List April 1936, corrected to 20 March 1936.
  4. The Army List July 1936, corrected to 29 June 1936.
  5. The Army List December 1936, corrected to 28 November 1936.
  6. General returns of the regimental strength of the British Army on 31 December 1935.
  7. General returns of the regimental strength of the British Army on 30 June 1936.
  8. General returns of the regimental strength of the British Army on 31 December 1936.