It was tough

Ratu Meli Vesikula (left) attends a book launch on the 212 soldiers at the Fiji Museum on Tuesday. He is pictured here with the British Army Support Officer Major Darren Dangerfield and fellow 212 comrades Sam Pillay and Jale Vuiyasawa. Picture: MATILDA SIMMONS

WHEN Ratu Meli Vesikula left Fiji for Great Britain in 1961, the British Army recruit didn’t know what to expect. He was just 18 years old and was one of the 212 Fijian men and women who passed the recruitment test. The journey was not easy. “The British Army life was a tough one and […]

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