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Aug 26

SUFFERING OF SANDAKAN POWs REMEMBERED

Friday, 15 August 2014                                                                                             

 

SUFFERING OF SANDAKAN POWs REMEMBERED

 

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today urged all Australians to remember Sandakan Day and especially those Australians who suffered acts of cruelty during the Second World War.

“Today we mark Sandakan Day – a day to remember those who were held as Prisoners of War (POW) at Sandakan in Borneo. More than 2,400 Australian and British prisoners were sent to Sandakan Camp in 1942. By the end of the war, only six, all Australians, were still alive.” Senator Ronaldson said.

“During the Second World War, more than 22,000 Australians became POWs in south-east Asia, of these men, more than 8,000 died.”

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