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Reports have emerged of Malta conscripts refusing to take the enlistment oath. The incidents appear to have arisen when conscripts have failed to turn up to enlist by their due date.
The enlistment notice requires a conscript to report to his local office within a specified period. Under Malta conscription regulations (which are identical to British ones), if the conscript fails to report by the deadline, he is automatically deemed to be enlisted in the unit specified in the enlistment notice (and is therefore absent without leave).
However, cases have emerged in Malta of men brought in to enlist after the date on their notices who have refused to take the enlistment oath, using the expiry of the deadline as a justification. The Governor and C in C has sought advice from the War Office on the correct procedure in such cases.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 4 APRIL TO DAWN 5 APRIL 1941
Aircraft are reported several times in the vicinity of the Island but no air raids materialise.
OPERATIONS REPORTS FRIDAY 4 APRIL 1941
ROYAL NAVY Rorqual arrived en route for Alexandria after minelaying operation off western Sicily.
AIR HQ 69 Squadron 0810-1455 hrs Maryland intending reconnaissance of Spezia was impeded by clouds and reccoed Maddalena Harbour instead. 0846-1430 hrs Maryland photo-reconnaissance Bari and Brindisi harbours. 1435 hrs Maryland reconnaissance between Malta and Tunisian coast for enemy shipping.
2nd Bn KINGS OWN MALTA REGIMENT 19 conscripts joined the Battalion.
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