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08-December-2014
08-December-2014
Photographs supplied by Lou Hamon OAM

A monument commemorates 15 Numurkah soldiers who went to World War Two together.  On the fall of Singapore, they were captured and served time in Changi Prison in Singapore.  Many were forced to labour on the Burma Railroad.

The soldier`s portraits and details are mounted on a symbolic rail line.

Location

Address:Saxton & Melville Streets, Numurkah Memorial Reserve, Numurkah, 3636
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.088104
Long: 145.442251
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event STart Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945
Monument Designer:Seig Seiter

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 7th September, 2014
Front Inscription
The Numurkah Mob Remembered.
 
The memorial conceived and designed by Rotarian Sieg Seiter is designed to replicate the Burma Railway, which the mob worked on during their time as POW's. The memorial stands two metres tall, with the names and photos of the mob fixed to the monument.
The memorial was unveiled by the widows of the soldiers and dedicated by Major General David McLachlan, Victorian RSL State President. Fourteen young men enlisted together, trained together, a further member transferred to be with the mob. Two were sent to Officer Training School, and a third transferred to the Field Ambulance Corps.
 
The mob fought on the Malay peninsula, retreating with the forces to Singapore prior to the surrender to Japan. They became prisoners of war in Changi Prison and for three and a half years were forced to endure cruel brutality, near starvation, tropical diseases and horrendous conditions in Changi Prison, where their bond of mateship and resolve to survive was tested to the extreme.
 
The mob were sent to camps along the construction of the Thailand-Burma Railway and in the docks and coal mines of Japan. Unfortunately three of the mob lost their lives. When Japan officially surrendered the remaining members of the Numurkah Mob were able to return home to their families and loved ones.
 
To a man, all of these gallant soldiers went on to be outstanding community minded citizens, supporting each other and their fellow soldiers by holding annual POW reunions in the town for 50 year. 
Source: MA
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