A warrior respectfully seated

In Fijian culture it is thought that good things come through the head and are passed down to the feet. It is important to make sure that one’s head is not above others in the room. To this end Sgt Rusiate Bolavucu, 32, of the 1st Battalion Duke of Lancaster Regiment, was following an ancient tradition from his Fijian homeland when the Queen visited Kendal, Cumbriaarticle-2368172-1ADDC062000005DC-96_634x955Fijian soldier SAT DOWN when he met the Queen  Well wishers cheering the Queen were startled when the soldier she’d just spoken to suddenly sat himself down in the road. Many thought he’d collapsed with heat exhaustion during the royal tour of Kendal, Cumbria. But Her Majesty knew exactly what was going on and didn’t bat an eyelid.

Fijians have served within the UK’s Armed Forces for several generations, which started in WWII in the fight against the Japanese. They are a Nation of unsung heroes. Many have served as SAS ‘blades’ with distinction, they continue to do so.DownloadedFile

If you have time and the inclination, I would ask you to search upon the heroic action of SAS Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba, 30, a Fijian known to his com­rades-in-arms as “Laba”. It took place in a small sea port town called Mirbat, OmanAwards for Bravery 

Yours Aye.

6 thoughts on “A warrior respectfully seated”

    1. wame m, we are very fortunate to have Fijian’s as well as Gurkha’s serving within our Armed Forces. Each have fought as fiercely and with honour.


  1. It is increasingly rare that signs of respect are given in our world. It is somewhat sad, but my first reaction was that this was a sign of disrespect. But I was happily wrong, which I discovered after reading the post.

    1. NavyOne, they are great people, and man can they play rugby…

      They come from the same mold as ‘Johnny Gurkha’, who are equally as respectful. Just duck when the ‘Kukri’ is drawn in anger, as it will not be placed back into its scabbard dry!


  2. Your use of the phrase “if you have time and inclination…” reminded me of one of my favorite lines from the John Wayne movie, “The Cowboys.” When Mr. Nightlinger meets up with the madam who offers sexual favors, he says, “Well, I have the inclination, the maturity, and the wherewithal… but unfortunately, I don’t have the time.

    1. Lou, I remember it from the film. I reckon its time Mr Jebediah Nightlinger went and bought himself a decent watch! 😉


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