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The Gates from the entrance to the former Prisoner of War camp are a memorial to the four Australian soldiers killed in the Cowra Breakout.
During World War Two, a prisoner of war (POW) camp near Cowra was the site of one of the largest prison escapes of the war, on 5 August 1944. At least 545 Japanese POWs were involved in the breakout. During the breakout and subsequent rounding up of POWs, four Australian soldiers and 231 Japanese soldiers died and 108 prisoners were wounded. The leaders of the breakout commanded their escapees not to attack Australian civilians, and none were killed or injured.
|Address:||Amaroo Avenue & Binni Creek Road, Site of Japanese POW Camp, Cowra, 2794|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -33.818141|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||05-August-1944|
|Approx. Monument Dedication Date:||August-1992|
This Gateway Marks The Entrance To The
Prisoner-Of-War Camp Which Existed During
World War 2. Through The Assistance And
Co-Operation Of The Cowra Shire Council,
The Efforts Of The Cowra Sub-Branch Of
The R.S.L. And The Cowra Breakout Association,
It Is Preserved And Has Been Dedicated In
Commemoration Of Those Australian
Servicemen Who Gave Their Lives In
Subduing The Outbreak At The Camp In August 1944.
— Lest We Forget —
A.J.Oliver M.B.E., President Cowra Shire Council
H. Q. No. 12 P.O.W. COY