“Big Day in Fiji - it all went brilliantly”
On 25 Oct, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, unveiled a statue in Fiji, commemorating Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba, killed in action 19 Jul 1972 whilst serving with 22 SAS during the Battle of Mirbat in Oman. The statue is a replica of the one outside the Sgts Mess in Stirling Lines, erected in 2009.
At the ceremony at Nadi International Airport in Fiji, one of the honour guard was a member of Soldiers League who had been intimately involved in the fund raising for and the commissioning of this statue. Lt Col RK (Richard) Naivalurua REME helped Prince Harry remove the shroud during the official unveiling. He also managed to get Brian and Maggie Stow included in the guest list of the unveiling, coming over from Sydney, where the family now lives. Brian was the founder of the Army Rugby League Veterans side and it is he who named them RATS (Race Against Time & Senility). His last posting before leaving the Army was in Hereford. It was a great reason for a tremendous reunion.
For more details of Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba, see his Wikipedia entry at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talaiasi_Labalaba
For other pictures of Nav, Brian & Maggie and another good looking couple see:
Daily Mail: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6315013/Prince-unveils-statue-Fijian-SAS-legend-fought-250-insurgents.html
Updated 17:46 - 28 Oct 2018 by Jeremy Bethell