WITH reference to recent comments (Craven Herald letters) on this country's armed forces. I, too, served in the Royal Navy in the 1950's as a Leading Writer. For a few months I was based on Labuan Island off the coast of Borneo. I was part of a joint forces unit fighting against an attempt by a rogue President of Indonesia to take control of what was a British Protectorate. We were a small joint force of Army, Navy, RAF and Gurkhas living in huts on stilts in the middle of the jungle. We lost some soldiers and a few Gurkhas.

There have been more wars than the First World War and the Second World War.

Tom Clinton.