RAMC

Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
1949

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Malta Garrison – 1949

Regimental Medical Officers

Events 1949

Ghajn Tuffieha Camp

Views of Ghajn Tuffieha Camp and Naval Ranges

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 This superseded ME/3021/1 (S).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.

QARANC

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.

References

  1. The Army List April 1949, corrected to 15 March 1949.
  2. The Army List December 1949, corrected to 15 November 1949.
  3. The Army List August 1949, corrected to 22 July 1949.
  4. Strength of the British Army and of other Military Forces in British Commands for the quarter ended 31 March 1949.
  5. TNA:WO 265/63. Quarterly Historical Reports, British Military Hospital Mtarfa, 1 March 1949 - 31 December 1949.