The POW were brought to Sandakan from Singapore by the Japanese to build a military airstrip in 1942. All were placed at the Sandakan POW Camp, which is now known as the Sandakan Memorial Park. At the end of January 1945, the first of the three Death Marches took place, where the POW were force-marched from Sandakan to Ranau. A torturous march for the POW, as they were not only malnourished but also ill-treated by their captors. Many lives perished during these Death Marches, at the end of the war, only six survived.
This year, we commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Sandakan Death Marches. For more information on this event, please refer to: Sandakan Day 2020.