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5 April 1941: Malta Troops Ordered to Save Water

05 Apr

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WATER SUPPLIES WILL BE SHUT DOWN FOR 18 HOURS A DAY

Orders have been issued to troops across Malta today to save water. From now on strict economies will be exercised in the use of water by all ranks.  In order to enforce the new order, all meters in billets and headquarters will be closed from evening ‘Stand To’ to morning ‘Stand Down’, from 0900-1200 hours and from 1300-1600 hours.

On days which are allotted for hot baths, the meters will be kept open. Company Commanders will be held responsible for the closing of their own meters in the Company area.

Kerosene cartKEROSENE SHORTAGES

Government provided a plentiful supply in the three months since December 1940 to allow population to build a small reserve. However, there are now problems with over-stockpiling by civilians.  It has been decided to restrict purchases to a maximum of half a gallon on any single occasion.  Kerosene carts have been placed under police supervision to ensure the new policy is adhered to. (1)

AIR RAIDS DAWN 5 APRIL TO DAWN 6 APRIL 1941

Weather  Fair.  

No air raids.

Military casualties  Lance-Corporal Edward William Page, 140 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery, Signal Section, Royal Corps of Signals.

OPERATIONS REPORTS SATURDAY 5 APRIL 1941

AIR HQ 69 Squadron Maryland photo-reconnaissance Tripoli, Mellaha, Lampedusa. At Tripoli: 14 destroyers or TBS, 23 merchant vessels.  Maryland photo-reconnaissance Spezia.  

MALTA SIGNALS COMPANY  L/Cpl E W Page died from gunshot wounds at Military Hospital, Imtarfa.

(1) When Malta Stood Alone, Joseph Micallef, Interprint 1981

 

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