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The nurse of the Mediterranean! Series of photos show Malta during World War I
A different Malta from the one we’re used to today.

Emma Galea

A number of photos shared by John C. Navarro onto social media show what Malta was like during World War I.

During this time, Malta was dubbed as the 'Nurse of the Mediterranean' as many British and other allied soldiers used to come to Malta for their injuries to be treated.

In fact, around 135,000 wounded soldiers came to Malta during this time. There were 27 hospitals and 25,000 beds in total.

The soldiers mainly arrived in Malta during the Gallipoli campaign after thousands of the serviceman were being evacuated from the Turkish island every other week.

In the photos one can spot the long halls that used to make up these hospitals, as well as the staff of some of the many hospitals set up on the islands.

To try and raise their morale, they would even organise concerts. In one of the photos, you can see many injured soldiers attending one such concert in Valletta.

Even though some soldiers were missing a leg, they still would compete in races with each other to keep up their spirits in all this tragedy.

Lest we forget!

9th April 2024


Emma Galea
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Emma Galea
Emma is a Gozitan writer who loves all things related to English literature and history. When not busy studying or writing you will either find her immersed in a fictional book or at the cinema trying to watch as many films as she possibly can!

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