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Remembered Today:

WW1 pic of my Bonavia Descendant in Malta

Joseph Bonavia

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He is this time wearing a full dress tunic of the Royal Malta Artillery, a unit that specialised in heavy garrison gunnery.  He is holding a swagger stick carried by all British (including Maltese) when walking outside their barracks.  It was intended to give men a sense of pride in their appearance rather like a gentleman of those times would carry a walking cane.  His rank in the photo is Gunner (the equivalent of a Private) and he has a single good conduct badge (inverted stripe) on his left cuff indicating two-years of blemish free service.  He also has a prize badge indicating that he belongs to the battery that one first place in the last annual gunnery competition.  It comprised crossed gun barrels with crown above.






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FYI there is a 860 C Bonavio who served in Egypt with the Royal Malta Artillery in 1882. Medal Rolls on Ancestry. 


Tim D

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