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On the 14th May 16 members of the Millbank Branch & 1 member from the Welsh Branch set off for a 5 day Battlefield Tour of Malta. We had a most interesting time seeing aspects of WW1, WW2 & the hospital of the St. John's order.

We had an excellent guide & to augment what had already been arranged, Keiron Spires gave us detailed information on the nurses' graves we visited. We laid two wreaths at Pieta CWG cemetery & had extra British legion crosses to lay.  Whilst laying the wreaths our coach driver played Amazing Grace on his bagpipes which he just happened to have in the coach. It was a lovely touch & so poignant.  We visited Imtarfa cemetery & found two WW2 QA graves that were not known about - we do now. We visited a Naval Cemetery & found graves of two naval nurses which pleased two of our members who trained with the QARNNS.  We visited several interesting museums & noted that Malta apart from having the George Cross was known as the Nurse of the Mediterranean. Hospital ships came to Malta during both wars.  We found out most interesting things about this small island steeped in history.  The weather was a bit grey & chilly on occasions but this did not deter the group from enjoying a very good & interesting tour.

There will be more about are trip in the Gazette - Lindi Kibbey, Chairman, Millbank Branch 

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