Burwood Sandakan Memorial

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Description

The base of the memorial is a rectangle brick structure. Fitted to the base are nine bronze plaques containing the names of 522 of men who enlisted from the Sydney region and died as Prisoners of War in British North Borneo. A large granite slab rests on top of the brick base structure. This slab projects out over the base structure providing some protection for the name plaques. A smaller granite plinth sits on top of the slab. The smaller plinth supports the centre piece of this memorial. The west face of this plinth holds the dedication plaque. The east face of the plinth displays the word 'Sandakan'. The south face of the plinth holds the sculpture plaque. This plaque explains the sculpture/centre piece.

The memorial is the first of six memorials, all of similar design located in the following areas: Anzac Park Tamworth, Victoria Gardens Wagga Wagga, Maitland Park Maitland, Strathdale Park Bendigo, New Farm Park Brisbane. 

The Memorial runs approximately North to South. Latitude: 3 degrees 52 mins S; 151 degrees 06 mins E. It was established by the Sandakan Memorial Foundation Ltd.

Notes:

This memorial was established by the Sandakan Memorial Foundation Ltd. The memorial is the first of six memorials, all of similar design located in the following areas: Anzac Park Tamworth, Victoria Gardens Wagga Wagga, Maitland Park Maitland, Strathdale Park Bendigo, New Fa,rm Park Brisbane.

More information can be found on the AWM website

Inscription

The West face of the base contains three plaques:

Plaque No.1 is in the centre of the base and is known as the History plaque. This plaque records the history of the POWs.

Plaque No.2 is to the left of centre and names the men from the following units: HQ. 8 DIV. - 2/10 FD. AMB. AASC.-A.A.M.C. - GENERAL BASE DEPOT and 2/6 FD. PARK R.A.E. 68 Names in total.

Plaque No.3 is to the right of centre and names men from the following units: 2/3 MOT. AMB. COY. A.A.S.C. - 3 RES. M.T. A.A. S.C. - 1 COY. A.A. S.C. - 2 COY. A.A. S.C. -4 RES. M.T. A.A.S.C. - H.Q. A.A. S.C. - 22 BDE. A.A. S.C. and H.M.A.S. PERTH. 70 Names in total.

The North face of the base contains one plaque:

Plaque No.4 is on the centre of the North face and names men from the following units: 2/30 INFANTRY BN. -2/12 FD. COY. R.A.E. -2/10 FD. COY. R.A.E. - 27 BDE. COY. A.A.S.C.and L.A.D. 60 Names in total.

The South face of the base also contains one plaque:

Plaque No.5 is on the centre line of the South face and contains the names of men from the following units: 1/15 FD. REGT. R.A.A. -2/10 FLD. REGT. R.A.A. - 4 A/TK. REGT. R.A.A. - 8 DIV. SIGNALS and H.Q. 22 BDE. COY. 71 Names in total.

The East face of the base contains five plaques:

Plaque No.6 is on the left end of the East face and contains the names of the following units: 2/20 INFANTRY BN. - ARMY PAY CORPS and the 8 DIV. POSTAL UNIT. 70 Names in total.

Plaque No.7 is located on the centre of the East face and contains the names of men in the following units: 2/19 INFANTRY BN. -2/29 INFANTRY BN. -8 DIV. PROVOST COY. -2/26 INFANTRY BN. and 8 DIV. R.A.E. 78 Names in total.

Plaque No.8 is located on the right of the East face and contains the names of the men from the following units: 2/18 INFANTRY BN. And ORDANANCE. 71 Names in total.

Plaque No.9 is located on the East face between plaques 6 and 7. This plaque and plaque No. 10 were fitted after the monument was unveiled.

Available records back in 1993 did not indicate the units of these men so their service Numbers were recorded. (WWII Nominal Rolls have since revealed the appropriate units. Refer to below list) both plaques contain 16 names, 32 in total.

The West face of this plinth holds the Dedication plaque (Plaque No.11

This Memorial was dedicated by Father John Brendan Rodgers, O.A.M. This Memorial was unveiled by the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. Paul Keating, MP, 1 August 1993 Ian Raffin, Mayor of the Municipality of Burwood 1993.

The East face of the plinth displays the word SANDAKAN. The South face of the plinth holds the Sculpture plaque (Plaque No. 12) this plaque explains the sculpture or centre piece.

Veterans listed on this memorial

Rank Given Name Family Name Conflict/s Fate Service No. Service Unit Campaign Link
Pte Eric Arthur Abbott World War 2 DPOW NX40023 ARMY GEN BASE HOSP Borneo view
Pte James Clive Adam World War 2 DPOW NX30008 AIF 2/20 BN Borneo view
Pte Alexander Mitchell Adams World War 2 DPOW NX39989 ARMY GEN BASE HOSP Borneo view
Pte Thomas Adams World War 2 DPOW NX35315 AIF 2/19 BN Borneo view
Pte Percy Romer Addison World War 2 DPOW NX31849 AIF 2/30 BN Borneo view
Cpl James Maxwell Ellis Allen World War 2 DPOW NX33148 ARMY 2/3 Motor Amb Coy Borneo view
Pte Albert Anderson World War 2 DPOW NX59261 AASC 2/3 Mot Amb Coy Borneo view
L Cpl David Annand World War 2 DPOW NX50181 AIF 2/18 BN Borneo view
Pte Leonard Jack Annear World War 2 DPOW NX49646 AIF 2/19 BN Borneo view
L Cpl George Ronald Archibald World War 2 DPOW NX27554 AIF 2/12 Fd Coy RAE Borneo view
Address
2 Comer Street,
Burwood Park,
Burwood NSW 2134
Local Government Area
  • Burwood, Municipality of
Setting
  • Garden/park
Memorial type
  • Cenotaph
Recorded by
Vera karpowtcz, Burwood Council; Names updated by Peter Booth September 2017.
Established date
1993
Established Date format: 
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Established date
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Dedication date: 
1993-08-01
Dedication date
01 August 1993
Conflict/s
  • Second World War, 1939–45

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