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ANTHONY EDEN AND GENERAL SIR JOHN DILL ARRIVE FROM ATHENS
Rev Nicholls, Chancellor of St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, meets distinguished guests at San Anton Palace:
On Lady Day, when I reached the Palace about 6 o’clock after my day’s work, I was told that some distinguished guests were expected about midnight. I met them all next day at dinner. Anthony Eden, with his Principal Private Secretary (named Stevenson) and another Secretary called Dickson, also General Sir John Dill the [Chief of Imperial General Staff] and Brigadier Mallaby [Deputy Director of Military Operations, War Office].
They had flown in a Sunderland flying boat from Athens by night, and the weather being rough the boat could not take off again, so perforce they must wait here till the sea became calmer. They were all in good temper though very disappointed at being delayed. After dinner some played billiards, while Lady and Sybil Dobbie and I talked about Malta, etc., to Sir John Dill in front of the fire.
MORE FIELD SECURITY POLICE NEEDED…
From: Governor & Commander in Chief To: War Office
The considerable increase in the strength of the Malta Garrison necessitates the strengthening of the Field Security Police. Owing to the peculiar conditions in Malta, the normal establishment of a Field Security section would not be suitable for our purposes and it is suggested that a modified establishment should be approved. This would require a further Warrant Officer, four sergeants and three Field Security Policeman be despatched from the UK.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 25 MARCH TO DAWN 26 MARCH 1941
0615-1640 hrs, 0735-0835 hrs Air raid alerts for enemy aircraft which approach and carry out reconnaissance over the Island.
Military casualties Private Herbert Gunns, Royal Army Service Corps.
OPERATIONS REPORTS TUESDAY 25 MARCH 1941
AIR HQ Arrivals 1 Sunderland. 69 Squadron Maryland reconnaissance between Malta and Tunisian coast for enemy shipping. 228 Squadron was transferred to the Middle East Command today leaving a detachment of 25 men at Kalafrana, including maintenance personnel.
KALAFRANA One Sunderland arrived from Middle East with Mr Anthony Eden and other distinguished passengers.
1st Bn CHESHIRE REGIMENT The Battalion is splitting up more and more, and once again a large number are leaving our command. Today we have had to provide 5 officers, 4 NCOs and 54 privates to work on unloading the ships of the convoy. The hours of work are to be 1730 to approximately 2300 hrs. The duty is liable to last for about 15 days. We also sent off today 3 NCOs and 18 men to the 71 Mobile Coast Battery for training as anti-aircraft gunners. On 31 March we are to send 2 officers and 45 other ranks to the anti-aircraft training school at Lija for training on Bofors and in mid-April we are to send a further 1 officer and 42 other ranks for Ack Ack training. All these will be lost to us until more anti-aircraft gunners arrive on the Island, sufficient to man all weapons.
FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS Bomb Disposal UXB reported 3.
2nd Bn KINGS OWN MALTA REGIMENT 7 conscript recruits joined the Battalion.
(1) Extract from diary of Reverend Reginald M. Nicholls, Chancellor of St.Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, Valletta. Courtesy of website: Malta Family History
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