Maitland Plaque -listing names
SANDAKAN MEMORIAL AT MAITLAND NSW
In January 1993 the Sandakan Memorial Foundation was established in NSW and this organization went on to erect memorials in Sydney, Tamworth, Wagga Wagga, Maitland, Bendigo and Brisbane. Photographs of the Sandakan memorial in Maitland NSW are shown on the left. This memorial bears the name of NX65363 Craftsman D. H. Jones who was the father of Ken Jones, our hard working secretary who did so much to establish our new memorial here in Perth.
Description: Brick rectangular platform topped with a granite with a brass relief map of the Sandakan and Ranau areas of Borneo including the route taken on the forced marches. On the lower sections of the east, north and west faces are 3 plaques listing the names of the prisoners.
(East face - top )
S A N D A K A N
(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 2 that escaped and rescued.
(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.
(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. Established: 1994
Dedication: 11 December, 1994