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World War II has left its mark in Labuan

Labuan War Cemetery

This beautiful landscaped cemetery. Maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, it is dedicated to the four thousand Australian, New Zealand, British servicemen as well as Indian troops who lost their lives during the Japanese invasion of Borneo or the Borneo campaign of 1945.
It is on high ground close to the airport overlooking the harbour. It is the only war cemetery in North Borneo and was specially created also as a cemetery for deceased POW's from all over Borneo.

Also at Labuan is a Memorial consisting of numerous columns surrounding a square paved area which is dedicated to the officers and men of the Australian Forces.

The small neat headstones are of bronze plaques mounted on small white sloping concrete blocks each bearing the regimental insignia of the deceased. Throughout the cemetery soft green grass predominates, interspersed with small flowering shrubs and trees.

 Many visitors, especially Australians, come yearly to pay respects to lost relatives and friends. A memorial service is held on the nearest Sunday to the 11th of November.
Location: Tarjung Purun on the outskirts of the town near the airport

Surrender Point
Next to the Peace Park is Surrender Point, another historical place of interest. This is where the 32nd Japanese Southern Army surrendered to the 9th Division Australian Imperial Forces on 9th September 1945 which led to the end of World War II in Borneo. The Japanese arrived at Labuan on 1st January 1942, less than a month after they had started their campaign in Malaya at Kota Baru and took formal possession of the island on the 3rd, after facing no resistance. They occupied Labuan for four years, even renaming it Pulau Maida, or Maidashima after General Maida, the Chief Commander of the Japanese forces in Borneo. The capture of Labuan was seen as essential for recovering supplies of oil, rubber and timber from the mainland of Borneo.

It would also serve as a base to help the Allies recapture Singapore. A convoy of 100 ships were sent from Merotai. On 10th June 1945, they reached Labuan and an attack was launched by the 9th Australian Division. It was a successful attack, resulting in the surrender of the Japanese troops

Peace Park
Situated close to Surrender Point, The Peace Park was built as a memorial and renunciation of the horrors of war. It is dominated by the memorial mound which is surrounded by landscaped gardens and pavilions. Small ponds with stone bridges and park seats are all Japanese-inspired. A bronze plaque commemorating the Surrender is mounted on a stone slab near the entrance

"This monument is erected by the Japanese South Pacific Friendship Association on September 1976 to preserve the memories of all the soldiers who fought and fell on this island during the Second World War and the memories of the civilians who perished with them. May it stand as a lasting monument of human courage and devotion to duty and may symbolised the fervent hope of every man, woman and child on this island that never again will this island be a witness to so much sufferings and miseries"

Peace Park which was sponsored by the Japanese people which also yearly, more and more Japanese visit it
Location: located on the west coast at Layang Layangan Village.





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