22 SAS Labalaba, Talaiasi

3 Commando Brigade
By Ewen Southby-Tailyour

John Robertson

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  • SURNAME
Labalaba
  • FORENAME
Talaiasi
  • UNIT
B Squadron
  • RANK
Corporal
  • NUMBER
23892771
  • DATE OF DEATH
19th July 1972
  • AGE
30
  • GRAVESITE
Hereford (St Martin's) Churchyard,Herefordshire Section D Row XI Grave 24
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
parent unit Royal Irish Rangers (Sergeant)
born 13.7.1942
from Nawaka,Fiji
son of Torika Canau Laudola,Nawaka,Fiji (mother)
22 SAS (served Aden)
returned to RIR (award B.E.M.)
22 SAS again (served Oman)
award Mention in Despatches
KIA Mirbat,Dhofar,Oman
 
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tsunami

New Member
Talaiasi Labalaba

i was 11 when he died and only got know him through the media much later in life.
to honur him with a statue at sas hq is good enough for me. true valour indeed. what a man.
 

patcarty2

New Member
Talaiasi Labalaba

I saw his grave today (13 Nov 2011) the memorial stone is missing - only the two flower vases are there!
Pat
 

MikeR

New Member
Talaiasi Labalaba

There is a previously unseen photo of Labalaba on the "Fiji Museum" wall on Facebook.It can be found in the "50 years in the British Army" photo album.On the Fiji Museum wall, click "photos" in the top left side menu bar and open the "50 Years In The British Army" photo collection.Laba is pictured with two Fijian newlyweds in Singapore.According to the photo caption, he was en route to Oman where he died at the Battle Of Mirbat.Warrior till the end.
 
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