total number of graves on Labuan is 3,905.
2,700 graves are those of the men from
Sandakan of which nearly half are unnamed
- it was reported that of the 2,400 men who left
Sandakan only 260 arrived at Ranau and most of these succumbed
later. Only six survived to the end of the war.
another 500 graves are those of men
from Kuching, which was another large prisoner of war camp
the total number of graves, 1,726 are
completely unidentifiable - neither by
nationality nor name. The majority of
unidentified graves is due to the destruction of
all records of the camps in Borneo by the
then Japanese Commander before his capture. 812
are known British graves with 81 being unknown.
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
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