Medical Officers
Of the Malta Garrison – 1956

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Malta Garrison – 1956


Malta's apparent lack of viability was one of the factors which influenced the attempt to effect decolonization through integration with the UK. In 1956 a referendum returned a majority vote in favour of integration of Malta with the United Kingdom as proposed by the Labour party under Dom Mintoff.

Mintoff wanted complete integration into the United Kingdom with the right to send three MPs to Britain's House of Commons in London.

Suez Canal

On 26 July 1956, Egypt nationalized the Suez Canal. Among the regiments which assembled at Malta in preparation for the recovery of the Canal were 1st/Somerset Light Infantry and 36 Fd Amb RAMC.

Membrey Anthony John

Between 1956 and 1958, Dr Anthony John Membrey did his national service in the Royal Army Medical Corps as a medical officer to the 1st/Malta Artillery Regiment.


  • The Army List April 1956, London HM Stationery Office 1956.
  • The Army List August 1956, London HM Stationery Office 1956.
  • The Army List December 1956, London HM Stationery Office 1956.
  • Obituary, Anthony John Membrey. Br Med J (2007), 335; 7626:943 (Published 1 November 2007).