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Cowra War Cemetery
Cowra War Cemetery

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The Cowra War Cemetery commemorates those who died in training at the local Military Camp, as well as the four soldiers who were killed during the breakout.

The Cowra War Cemetery is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and has become a showpiece for modern military cemeteries.

Location

Address:Doncaster Avenue, Cowra, 2794
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.801667
Long: 148.691389
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

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

Dedication

Front Inscription
THE COWRA WAR CEMETERY

THIS CEMETERY CONTAINS 27 WAR GRAVES FROM THE SECOND WORLD WAR, COMPRISING 26 AUSTRALIAN SOLDIERS AND ONE MEMBER OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE. FIVE AUSTRALIAN ARMY CASUALTIES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND ONE FROM THE FIRST WORLD WAR ARE BURIED IN THE COWRA GENERAL CEMETERY.

IN 1940, A MAJOR INFANTRY TRAINING BASE WAS ESTABLISHED AT COWRA. PROVIDING REINFORCEMENTS FOR THE 2nd A.I.F. COWRA WAS ALSO THE LOCATION OF No 12 PRISONER-OF-WAR COMPOUND, AND IT WAS THERE THAT 1,104 JAPANESE P.O.W.`s LAUNCHED A MASS BREAKOUT ON 5 AUGUST, 1944. ALTHOUGH THE AUSTRALIAN MILITARY GUARDS WERE ABLE TO CONTAIN THE ESCAPE ATTEMPT, FOUR AUSTRALIAN SOLDIERS AND 234 JAPANESE P.O.W`s WERE KILLED. 

THE AUSTRALIAN DEAD LIE IN THIS WAR CEMETERY ; THE GRAVES OF THE JAPANESE ARE IN THE ADJACENT JAPANESE WAR CEMETERY, AMONG THOSE OF OTHER JAPANESE WAR DEAD AND CIVILIAN INTERNEES. 
Source: MA
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