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POW Doctors Plaque : 19-06-2013
POW Doctors Plaque : 19-06-2013
Photographs supplied by John Huth

Plaque is dedicated to all doctors who helped prisoners during their internment in World War Two.

Doctors in prisoner of war camps routinely put their lives in jeopardy by treating the injuries of beaten POWs during World War Two. As part of the punishment, POWs were denied medical treatment by their Japanese captors for injuries sustained from beatings. To dare to interfere with a beating or render aid to a beaten POW invoked the wrath of the Japanese soldiers. As a result of their caring, doctors in the camps explored new avenues to improve the health of the POWs. Since there were little resources available, it led to a good deal of creativity and experimentation. 

Location

Address:Connor Street, Burleigh Heads Memorial Park, Burleigh Heads, 4220
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -28.089347
Long: 153.451951
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 15th February, 2009
Front Inscription

This plaque was installed by
THE GOLD COAST AND DISTRICT BRANCH OF
THE EX PRISONERS OF WAR ASSOCIATION
to honour the memory of all the Doctors from many
Nationalities who, in pursuit of their profession
and at times in great danger to their own personal
safety, alleviated the suffering of thousands of
prisoners of war and saved countless lives.

 

With grateful thanks to the Department of Veterans Affairs
Unveiled and dedicated on Sunday 15th February 2009

 

Source: MA
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