Memorial to General Sir Walter Norris Congreve


Memorial to General Sir Walter Norris Congreve

The Daily Malta Chronicle on Wednesday, March the 2nd 1927 published "Passing away of a perfect gentleman and a gallant soldier". The newspaper was describing General Sir Walter Norris Congreve V.C., K.C.B., M.V.O., A.D.C., who had died two days before.

General Congreve, was honored with the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. Sir Walter came to Malta in 1924, from the Southern Command. There, he was the general officer commanding-in-chief. He was Governor of Malta for only three years and was well loved by the Maltese.

Sir Walter was buried, at his request, at sea in the waters between Malta and the island of Filfla. This memorial was erected between Hamrija Tower and the pre-historic site of Mnajdra in his honor.

Author: Pierre Axiaq