NMBVAA - visited Ranau in 2012

Ranau - site of the POW Death March

In June 2012, NMBVAA members visited Kundasang & Ranau, the area used by the Japanese Imperial Army to assemble Allied POWs during the imfamous Borneo Death Marches in 1945. Please refer photos of the expedition on this website.
 For more information with respect to Prisoners of War, please refer to the Recommended Reading section of this website. 

The Cairn at Ranau Town, said to be made up of 2,428 river rocks - the number of POWs who perished at the hands of the Japanese Army during WW2. Only six Australians survived.

LEST WE FORGET

 

                                                                                                                                                                                              

 

 

 

This is how the Ranau site looks now. The Borneo Exhibition Group WA applied for funds from DVA to have the cairn site covered. Well done, Ryan Rowland and his group...& thanks for the snap.

WW2 Borneo Snapshots

Our thanks to Janice & Gary Blaxter for sending me these snaps from Boreo taken not long after the war. It should be noted that the bodies of Sandakan POWs recovered from the camp and the track to Ranau, were first buried at Sandakan. Later, it was decided that the cemetery at Labuan would be the final resting place for them.
Japanese POW labour was used extensively to relocate the bodies of our diggers to Labuan.

This picture was taken before the Japanese surrended in 1945. It is a Mitsubishi Medium Bomber K1-21, (US codename: Sally) the draft horse of the Japanese Army Air Force.

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21.09 | 16:16

Our Association accepts all members who served in and around Malaya/Malaysia. Please send me unit histories so they may be put onto this website.

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21.09 | 14:04

Can you send them electronicaly ? If not, please send them to:-
Sec NMBVAATASINC
u2/21 Scott St
Beauty Point
TAS 7270
Alternatively, phone me on (03) 6383 4677

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21.09 | 13:43

RUSTY FRASER
I was HQ 28 Comwel Bde, D&E Platoon from Sept 59 to May 62. I have some photos that I would not mind sharing with old mates.
Would like photos.

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21.09 | 09:37

Don't forget that 1 RAR served at Terendak Garrision Malaysia and Selerang Garrision.Singapore for a period of 2 1/2 Years Approx 1969/71.Cheers L/Cpl 2412472

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