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Sandakan Memorial Plaque commemorates the 1800 Australians and 750 British Troops who were prisoners of war at the notorious Sandakan Death Camp during World War Two. 

After the fall of Singapore and Borneo to the Japanese, a prisoner of war camp was established just outside of Sandakan to house approximately 750 British and more than 1650 Australian prisoners who were sent to the camp during the period 1942-43. In 1945, when the Japanese started to realise that the war may have been lost, and the Allies were closing in, the emaciated prisoners were force marched, in three separate marches, to the village of Ranau in the jungle, 250 kilometres away, under the shadows of Mount Kinabalu.

Only six Australians of the 2400 prisoners survived the "death march" - they survived because they were able to escape from the camp at Ranau, or escaped during the march from Sandakan. No British prisoners survived.

Location

Address:82-94 Comur Street, Yass Soldiers Memorial Hall, Yass, 2582
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.841418
Long: 148.910896
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event STart Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945
Source: SKP, NRWM, MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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