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LONDON GAZETTE ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY
Malta’s Governor and Commander in Chief, Lieutenant General Dobbie has been knighted. The announcement appeared today in the London Gazette. Following a successful military career including the First World War, Lt Gen Dobbie was appointed Governor and C in C last year. Today’s announcement reads:
CENTRAL CHANCERY OF THE ORDERS OF KNIGHTHOOD St James’s Palace, SW1, 14th March, 1941
The King has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following promotion in the Most Honourable Order of the Bath: –
To be an Additional Member of the Military Division of the Second Class, or Knights Commanders, of the said Most Honourable Order: –
Major-General (acting Lieutenant-General) William George Sheldon Dobbie, CB, CMG, DSO, Colonel Commandant, Royal Engineers, Acting Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Malta.
TROOPS HAVE HAD NO NEWS FROM HOME FOR MONTHS
From: Governor & C in C To: War Office
I am much concerned at the almost total non-receipt of mails from the UK by the Forces. Many men have had no letters since middle November. Though a number of aircraft have recently reached Malta from the UK, practically no mail has been brought in them, in spite of assurances given in your telegram of 20 November.
This is naturally causing much uneasiness and some unrest. I earnestly hope this may be put right without delay. In view of the paramount importance of this, I suggest it would be justifiable to detail a Sunderland or Wellington for this purpose once a week or fortnight. The matter is really urgent. Please pass a copy of this to the Air Ministry.
From: War Office To: Governor & C in C
The following mails were despatched by aircraft: 4 February (152lbs by three aircraft, one lost); 21 February (206lbs by four aircraft); 23 February (52lbs by one aircraft); 3 March via Gibraltar (188lbs by Sunderland); 10 March (50 lbs by one aircraft).
These mails included official and unofficial Royal Navy, RAF and Army communications. Every opportunity is taken to include [servicemen’s] mails but occasionally the notice is too short or bad weather prevents the carrying of full loads. The suggestion in the last paragraph of your cable is being considered by the Air Ministry.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 14 MARCH TO DAWN 15 MARCH 1941
Weather Storm clouds; less windy but considerable swell on the sea.
1243-1305 hrs Air raid alert; raid does not materialise.
OPERATIONS REPORTS FRIDAY 14 MARCH 1941
2nd Bn KINGS OWN MALTA REGIMENT 13 conscript recruits joined the Battalion.
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