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Talaiasi Labalaba

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Cpl Talaiasi Labalaba

An absolute brute of a man who served and fought with THEM against the Adoo in Oman. With the BATT house facing being over-run, Labalaba ran 800m across open ground, dodging enemy fire, manned the 25lb Artillery piece alone, (a task which usually required a crew of 3) and kept firing, even though he had suffered a gunshot wound to the face and stomach. Labalaba was eventually killed on the 19th July 1972 aged 30.

Labalaba was awarded a posthumous mention in dispatches for his actions but should have been awarded a posthumous VC.