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Meghan and Harry unveil statue of forgotten British-Fijian war hero

October 25, 2018 4:07 pm

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have unveiled a statue of a largely unknown British-Fijian war hero who died in battle after holding off hundreds of enemy soldiers for hours.

Harry and Meghan paid tribute to Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba, who saved the lives of his fellow soldiers at the Battle of Mirbat in Oman in 1972.

Only eight Fijians have joined the elite Special Air Service (SAS).

The royal couple unveiled the statue at Nadi Airport on Thursday morning.

They are on a 16-day tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.

Sgt Labalaba, who was born in 1942 in Fiji, was recruited into the British army in 1961 and quickly made his way into the SAS.

Known to his colleagues as a “gentle giant”, he was part of a team of nine SAS soldiers based outside Mirbat.