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SUKANAIVALU, SEFANAIA

Rank:
Corporal
Service No:
4469
Date of Death:
23/06/1944
Age:
26
Regiment/Service:
Fiji Infantry Regiment
 
3 Bn.
Awards:
V C
Grave Reference:
V. B. 13.
Cemetery:
RABAUL (BITA PAKA) WAR CEMETERY
Additional Information:
 

Citation

The following details are given in the London Gazette of November, 2nd, 1944 : On June, 23rd, 1944 at Mawaraka, Bougainville, in the Solomon Islands, Cpl. Sefanaia Sukanaivalu crawled forward to rescue some men wounded when their platoon was ambushed. After recovering two men this N.C.O. volunteered to go alone through heavy fire to try and rescue another - but on the way back was seriously wounded and fell to the ground unable to move further. Several unsuccessful attempts were made to rescue him; and realising that his men would not withdraw while he was still alive Cpl. Sukanaivalu raised himself up in front of the Japanese machine gun and was riddled with bullets. This brave Fiji soldier, after rescuing two wounded men with the greatest heroism and being gravely wounded himself, deliberately sacrificed his own life knowing that in no other way could his men be induced to retire from a situation in which they must have been annihilated.

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RABAUL (BITA PAKA) WAR CEMETERY

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