Maitland Sandakan Memorial

Description

Rectangular brick platform topped with two granite slabs, surmounted by a brass sculptural terrain map of the Sandakan and Ranau areas of Borneo, including the route taken on the forced death marches. On the north, east and west faces of the brick platform are three plaques listing the names of the prisoners.

Inscription

East face - top

SANDAKAN

West face - top

This memorial was dedicated by FATHER JOHN BRENDAN ROGERS OFM Eighth Division A.I.F. Chaplain Sandakan and Kuching and CHAPLIN GARY KENNEY Australian Army. 

This memorial was unveiled by the Mayor of the City of Maitland COUNCILLOR JOHN MARTIN 11th December 1994.

South face - top

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.

East face - lower

[Names - A to J]

North face - lower

[Names - K to W]

West face - lower

[Names with service number and unit, also listing the two prisoners who escaped and were rescued]

South face - lower

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 Hunter Region of New South Wales. We will remember them. Sandakan Memorial Foundation.

Veterans listed on this memorial

Rank Given Name Family Name Conflict/s Fate Service No. Service Unit Campaign Link
James Adair World War 2 DPOW NX4723 2/15 Fd Regt view
Henry Adams World War 2 DPOW NX4526 2/12 RAE view
W B Allen World War 2 DPOW NX7933 2/20 Bn view
George Ambrose World War 2 DPOW view
Clyde Archard World War 2 DPOW view
J W Armstrong World War 2 DPOW view
C H Ayres World War 2 DPOW view
A A Baccus World War 2 DPOW view
A E R Bates World War 2 DPOW view
F J Beaumont World War 2 DPOW NX66388 2/12 RAE view
Address
Maitland Park,
Blomfield Street,
Maitland NSW 2320
Local Government Area
  • Maitland, City of
Setting
  • Garden/park
Memorial type
  • Cenotaph
Recorded by
Mr Robert McLardy
Established date
1994
Established Date format: 
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Established date
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Dedication date: 
1994-12-11
Dedication date
11 December 1994
Conflict/s
  • Second World War, 1939–45

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