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Top Award For Fijian British Army Trooper

Sgt Lesubulamainiusiladi hails from Waiqori Village in Oneata, Lau, and has maternal links to Tokalau Village in Kabara, Lau.
23 Feb 2019 14:29
Top Award For Fijian British Army Trooper
Tauhakau Lesubulamainiusiladi being awarded the Accumulated Campaign Service medal from Prince Charles.

Ilisapeci Lesivou Kaci was a proud sister yesterday after receiving news that her brother, Tauhakau Lesubulamainiusiladi, who is a British Army soldier, was awarded a medal by Prince Charles.

Sgt Lesubulamainiusiladi said he was privileged, honoured and humbled receiving the medal from Prince Charles.

“The British Army has been a part of my life since I joined back in 2001 when I was 20 years old and it has helped shaped my life in many ways,” Sgt Lesubulamainiusiladi said.

“My family and friends have been my motivator which has enabled me to reach this far.”

Ms Kaci told the Fiji Sun yesterday that the family was proud of her brother’s achievement.

Sgt Lesubulamainiusiladi is one of the British Army soldiers who received the Accumulated Campaign Service Award from Prince Charles.

On Tuesday, Prince Charles recognised the service of the Welsh Guards with the ceremony at the Elizabeth Barracks at Woking in Surrey, southeast England.

He awarded the medal to British soldiers who recently returned from Afghanistan.

This was not the first award for Sgt Lesubulamainiusiladi while in the British Army.

“My brother has been in the British Army for more than 17 years. My brother is the eldest and is big brother to three sisters.

My brother recently returned from Afghanistan,” Ms Kaci said.

“It was through Whatsapp when he told me that he was receiving a medal, which was to be given to him by Prince Charles.

“At first I thought it was normal for the British soldiers to get a medal after accomplishing a certain task.

“After seeing all the posts of Facebook I asked him if he had received his medal and to send me the pictures. I showed the pictures to my family and everyone was proud of his achievement,” she said.

“His achievements meant a lot to our family, especially when my parents have sacrificed a lot to get him into the British Army.”

Sgt Lesubulamainiusiladi hails from Waiqori Village in Oneata, Lau, and has maternal links to Tokalau Village in Kabara, Lau.

Edited by Epineri Vula



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