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World War Heroes To Be Remembered

World War Heroes To Be Remembered
December 31
10:30 2014

The small colony of Fiji responded to a call to arms when Great Britain declared war on Germany in August 1914 in the First World War, and sent out a call to every part of the British Empire to help her defeat the enemy.

A Fiji Defence Force was formed and cadet platoons were set up in Suva and Levuka. On January 1, 1915, a force of 57, the first Fijian contingent to fight in the war, left Fiji.

Today they are being remembered in a special commemoration service at the National War Memorial Site, Battery Hill, Veiuto, Suva, at 9.30am.

The Roll Call of the First Contingent will be delivered by President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau. After training in Britain, the Fijians were sent to the battlefields of Flanders in Belgium. Nine lost their lives and 35 were wounded during battles in the Somme region in France in May 1915.

A second contingent was raised to replace the casualties in July 1915.





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