|Major-General Maltby at the Surrender 25th December 1941|
|Major-General Maltby conversing with Brigadier John Lawson in Hong Kong before the war|
|Maltby (carrying a Japanese sword) with American soldiers following his release from POW Camp|
|Drawing by Lt Alexander Skvorzov (Courtesy of Luba Estes)|
After being repatriated to UK, Maltby retired from the British Indian Army in June 1946. He was affirmed in the honorary rank of Major-General, which had been a temporary rank during the war. His Report on Operations in Hong Kong (which went through several drafts) was published in January 1948. He was made Deputy Lord Lieutenant of the County of Somerset and a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB). He spent his retirement near Taunton, Somerset. He and Helene lived in a modest country cottage called Greenacre, in the village of Shoreditch on the outskirts of Taunton. A search on the internet shows the property. An old cottage with low ceilings, built close to what then was a minor road, with a large garden at the side and rear. Michael Maltby returned from a distinguished military career spent in far-off India, having fought in two world wars and numerous skirmishes. Like many British Indian Army officers he retired to the English countryside and lived quietly. He did not write his memoirs and unlike public figures today he did not charge large sums of money to appear on the lecture circuit. Helene died in 1974 aged seventy-four. At the time of her death they had been married for forty-seven years. Mike Maltby died aged eighty-nine at Taunton in September 1980. Michael and Helen Maltby had two daughters Ann Margaret (1928) an Barbara Helen Jessie (1931).
Michael Maltby must have sometimes wondered, did he hold out long enough in Hong Kong, should he have done things differently, did he have the right strategy, but at the end of the day, as he himself said, he and his force had been a "hostage to fortune."
|Photo of Major-General Maltby from "Passport to Eternity" (1956) by Ralph Goodwin|
James Barnes for additional information sources
Luba Estes for sketch of Michael Maltby drawn by her father Lt A.V. Skvorzov, HKVDC
Article on Major--General Maltby by Tony Banham in Dictionary of Hong Kong Biography (2012) edited by May Holdsworth and Christopher Munn