Sandakan Memorial Park is built on the former site of the World War II POW camp. This camp was the origin of the Death March of 1945. In 1942, 2,700 British and Australian soldiers were transported to Sandakan from Singapore to work building an airstrip for the Japanese. By 1945 many had died and the remaining 1800 Australians and 600 British troops were forced to march the 240 kilometers to Ranau. At the end of the year after the march and forced labor, no prisoners remained in the camp, only six Australians survived who had escaped earlier. Remnants of the camp are scattered around the park. A simple white block is dedicated to the Allies who fought in North Borneo and to the locals who helped the POWs. There is an excellent exhibition hall in the pavilion at the center of the park. In 2006 the original march route was reopened as a memorial trail.
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