Cowra Breakout Site Memorial Cairn


This cairn was established on the site of the Japanese breakout at the Cowra Prisoner of War camp on the 5 August 1944. The Japanese burned down most of their camp and over 350 escaped. Many Japanese committed suicide and four Australian soldiers were killed. The recapture of the prisoners took over a week.


This Cairn marks the site of Japanese breakout at Cowra 1944

Erected by Cowra Municipal Council A. J. Oliver - Mayor

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Cnr Sakura Avenue and Evans Street
Cowra NSW 2794
Local Government Area
  • Cowra Shire
  • Roadside
Memorial type
  • Cairn
Recorded by
Kent - Monument Australia
Established Date format: 
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Established date
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Dedication date
07 August 1956
  • Second World War, 1939–45