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Widow Reminisces About Husband’s War Days

A widow was in tears as she reminisced on the days her husband went to Malaya during the counter-insurgency campaign against the Communists from 1952 to 1956. Siteri Camanadavo, 75,
17 Jul 2015 12:24
Widow Reminisces About Husband’s War Days

A widow was in tears as she reminisced on the days her husband went to Malaya during the counter-insurgency campaign against the Communists from 1952 to 1956.

Siteri Camanadavo, 75, was among those attending the Commemorative Service for the Second Fiji Contingent, the Second and Third Reinforcements, the Third Fiji Contingent and for the Women of Fiji who served in World War 1 at the National War Memorial site in Suva yesterday.

Her husband, Tevita Camanadavo, was the youngest soldier that was part of Fiji’s first contingent to Malaya in 1952.

Mr Camanadavo was among the 1600 Fijian troops that served in the Malayan campaign. He died in 2007.

Ms Mate said she never missed attending the commemorative service every year.

“I make sure that every year I come here. I usually end up shedding a few tears because this moment always brings back memories shared by my husband after coming back from the war,” she said.

“Today is a very important day for women like me because it signifies the bravery and hard work done by our servicemen.”

Katarina Biaukula, 65, was also part of the service yesterday.

Her father Akato Muakalou was part of Fiji’s first contingent to Solomon Islands in World War II.

Mrs Biaukula said although her father died 30 years ago, the commemoration service always brought back memories of him during his days in the army.

The roll call of the first contingent was delivered by the President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.

This was followed by the laying of wreaths by the President, the Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Acting Minister for Defence Jone Usamate, family representatives of Fiji’s First and Second contingents, members of the diplomatic corps, Deputy Commissioner of Police Isikeli Ligairi, Commissioner of Corrections Lieutenant-Colonel Ifereimi Vasu, RFMF chief of staff Captain Viliame Naupoto, a representative of the Royal British Legion and the president of the Returned Soldiers and Ex-Servicemen Association.

The service commemorated the first Fijian Contingent to fight in World War I.

Meanwhile, Acting Minister for Defence and Minister for Health and Public Services Jone Usamate, while addressing guests at the service, also paid tribute to Fijian women who served in World War I.

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