Wagga Wagga Sandakan Prisoner of War Memorial


Location Victory Memorial Gardens, Baylis & Morrow Streets, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia
Type memorial

The memorial was cast by local monumental masons, J. Shephard and Son.

All the Sandakan Memorials in the Eastern States take the form of a topographical scale model, cast in bronze, of a section of the Crocker Range in Sabah. A brass ribbon demonstrates the 265 kilometre route of the infamous death marches from Sandakan Camp westward to the village of Ranau in the foothills of Mt. Kinabalu.

Built J. Shephard and Son.
Opened 20 August 1994 by Hon. Con Sciacca, M.P. Minister for Veterans` Affairs

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Plaque :

In memory of 1800 Australians of the 8th Division A.I.F. and 750 British troops. They fought gallantly in the defence of Malaya and Singapore during World War II. Following the fall of Singapore, they became prisoners of the Japanese and were transported to Sandakan in British North Borneo, now Sabah, in 1942 to construct an airfield, where 900 died of ill-treatment.

By the end of 1944, when Allied Forces were within striking distance of Sandakan, the Japanese Command ordered the removal of prisoners inland to Ranau 165 miles (265 kilometres) west. On 29 January 1945, 470 prisoners guarded by 500 Japanese marched towards Ranau. Those unable to carry on were killed.

The Second March comprising 532 prisoners left Sandakan on 29 May 1945, 183 Arrived at Ranau on 26 June 1945. Only eight survived from the First March.

Of the 288 prisoners left at Sandakan there were no survivors.

On 1 August 1945, the surviving 22 prisoners at Ranau were massacred. Six who escaped were rescued by Special Forces.

This memorial honours those men who enlisted from the Southern Region of New South Wales.

We will remember them

Sandakan Memorial Foundation

Left Side Inscription
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Back Inscription
This memorial was dedicated by Father John Brendan Rogers OFM
Eighth Division A.I.F. Chaplain Sandakan and Kuching

This memorial was unveiled by Hon. Con Sciacca, M.P. Minister for Veterans` Affairs
28th August, 1994.

Councillor P. Brassil
Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga

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Right Side Inscription
The sculptured terrain of Sabah illustrates the route of the Death Marches, shown by a bronze ribbon between Sandakan and Ranau which was substantially swamp and dense jungle in 1945.

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BROOMHAM, Clement Frederick

Service number NX56176
2nd/18th Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 19 Nov 1918

COLYER, George William

Service number NX25213
Australian Army Provost Corps (WW2)
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 5 Dec 1913

TAYLOR, Walter Charles

Service number NX60194
Born 26 Feb 1905

CONQUIT, George Daniel

Service number NX36653
Born 28 Jun 1920

HARPLEY, John Charles

Service number NX52259
2nd/20th Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 29 Jan 1917

SHAW, Ruben

Service number NX48206
2nd/19th Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 17 Mar 1908

PURCELL, John Stanislaus

Service number NX73463
2nd/19th Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 19 Jun 1920

PERRY-CIRCUITT, Edward Francis

Service number NX53349
2nd/15th Field Regiment
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 9 Mar 1905

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