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A park commemorates Edward Robertson who died in Sandakan on the 23rd May 1945 during World War Two while a prisoner of war of the Japanese.

The Sandakan Death Marches were a series of forced marches in Borneo from Sandakan to Ranau which resulted in the deaths of 2,345 Allied prisoners of war held captive by the Empire of Japan during the Pacific campaign of World War Two in the Sandakan prisoner of war camp.

By the end of the war, of all the prisoners who had been incarcerated at Sandakan and Ranau, only six Australians survived, all of whom had escaped. It is widely considered to be the single worst atrocity suffered by Australian servicemen during the Second World War.


Address:Wakefield Street, Edward Robertson Memorial Park, Port Wakefield, 5550
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.18471
Long: 138.146338
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Park
Monument Theme:People
Approx. Event Start Date:1940
Approx. Event End Date:1945


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 3rd December, 1995
Front Inscription

Edward Robertson Memorial Park 

A.I.F.- 8th Division
DIED, P.O.W .- 23rd May 1945
Sandakan, North Borneo

'Lest We Forget'

Back Inscription

To the memory of SX4394 Private Edward Emanuel Robertson  (8th Division A.I.F. Salvage Unit)
Japanese prisoner of war who died on the infamous Sandakan to Ranau "Death March", North Borneo
May 23rd 1945 - Aged 46 ½ years

Plaque donated by Arthur Robertson and George Robertson OAM, JP, Mayor, City of West Torrens


This plaque was unveiled by George Robertson, OAM, JP.  Nephew of Edward (Ted) Robertson on 3rd December 1995

Australia Remembers 1945 - 1995
Dedicated to those who have contributed to the Edward Robertson Memorial Park

Source: MA,TOH
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