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Matilda Simmons
Sunday, November 12, 2017

Monday, November 12, 1984

Veteran soldier dies on parade

A WORLD War II and Malayan Campaign veteran collapsed and died while standing to attention before Fiji's flag during Remembrance Day Ceremonies in Suva. Corporal Ilaitia Seruvatu, 63, of Rewa had a heart attack and died while being rushed to hospital. He had served in the Solomon Islands during World War II and was also a member of the Fiji contingent during the Victory Parade in London in 1946.

No service pensions for

healthy men, says G-G

THE Governor-General, Ratu Sir Penaia Ganilau, says pensions for former servicemen were for those who were injured or became sick while on active duty and not for healthy men. He was speaking to 325 former servicemen from the Western Division at the Duke of Edinburgh Barracks in Lautoka on Saturday. Ratu Penaia was speaking on the recent Senate proposal for pensions for ex-servicemen. He said it was fitting that pensions were given to those who had been injured during the war, or caught some sickness while on active duty.

Tuesday, November 12, 1957

Vandalism reaches Suva cemeteries

Vandalism has now reached the hallowed precincts of cemeteries in Suva. Shrubs, flowers, and plants are being destroyed in the cemeteries during weekends and the public are asked to help in preserving the pleasing appearances of the cemeteries. There is no manpower available to patrol the cemeteries at weekends.

RNZAF fly seriously wounded

man to Suva from Lau Group

A RNZAF Sunderland flying boat, on Saturday, made a successful flight on a mercy mission to the Lau Group to pick up a Fijian, Paula Lagi Cavu, 21, who had suffered a gunshot wound, in a thigh some days previously.


October 12, 1960

Gas shell used to quieten prisoners at Navua

THE police at Navua on Saturday night used a shell from a gas truncheon to quieten four men who were allegedly trying to break out of a cell. The four men had been arrested after a fracas outside a dance hall. One man was arrested for allegedly being drunk and disorderly and three others for alleged obstruction of the police.

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