Trooper Ratu Sakeasi Babakabau of the Household Cavalry Regiment died on Friday, 2nd May 2008 in Helmand, Afghanistan. At 13.50 local time the vehicle he was travelling in suffered a minestrike, three other British soldiers and one local national were also injured in the incident. The medical incident response team were called in and evacuated the casualties to the ISAF medical facilities at Camp Bastion. Sadly Trooper Babakobau was pronounced dead on arrival
Trooper Babakobau was aged 29 and from Fiji, he joined the Army in 2004, and deployed to Afghanistan in April 2008 serving under the command of 5 SCOTS. This was his first deployment on operation overseas.
He was married to Camari and has two sons, Ratu Seru aged four, and Ratu Sakeasi ucumailodoni Selamu, aged one.
He was described as an outstanding soldier, destined for great things in the Regiment.