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    A Visit of Labuan War Cemetery

    I had to visit Labuan island to meet a client. Labuan is also known as 'The Pearl of Borneo', a small island part of Sabah, Malaysia in Brunei Bay, the island is off the coast of north-west Borneo and is a very pleasent place to spend a few days.

    I combined the trip with a meeting of a client in KL, so first travelled there which I always enjoy, did an overnight downtown then took the short hop on a plane to Labuan.

    Picture below shows location of Labuan in SE Asia.

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    I was staying for 3 - 4 days, so the client had laid on accomodation for me, it was your standard 'luxury' double story 'villa' on gated estate. It was okay for a few days.

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    Short walk to the beach which is not the best beach I have been to and is used by local kids in their cars as a race track.

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    Meetings done and agreements made, it was time to take a day to myself and decided to visit the Labuan War Cemetery and Labuan Memorial.

    The Cemetery lies on the Jalan Tanjong Batu road, which leads from the airport to the town. It is less than a kilometre from the airport and about 3 kilometres from the island's town of Victoria.

    The Labuan Memorial was primarily intended to commemorate the officers and men of the Australian Army and Air Force who died while prisoners of war in Borneo and the Philippines from 1942 to 1945 and during the 1945 operations for the recovery of Borneo, and have no known grave. Subsequently it was found that a number of men belonging to the local forces of North Borneo, Sarawak and Brunei who were killed on war service also have no known grave, and they too are honoured here. The memorial commemorates a total of 2294 Commonwealth casualties. Men of the Royal Australian Navy who lost their lives in the south-western Pacific region, and have no grave but the sea, are commemorated on Plymouth Naval Memorial in England, along with many of their comrades of the Royal Navy and of other Commonwealth Naval Forces. This memorial consists of a colonnade forming a forecourt immediately inside the wrought iron gates of the main entrance to the cemetery. On the inner faces of the pillars are bronze panels on which are engraved the names of those whom it honours and the dedicatory inscription is on the frieze facing the entrance. Some of those whose names appear on the memorial are undoubtedly buried in unidentified graves in this cemetery.

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    This forum has to be the worst for posting pics.

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    ^ EN you need to double click and then select full size.

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    ^^But, not for looking at them. If you click on a pic, there is a button at the lower left corner to go on to the next photo.

    Thanks for the pics. Too bad about that beach!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NamPikToot View Post
    ^ EN you need to double click and then select full size.
    Okay cheers. Will give it another try later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by English Noodles View Post
    Okay cheers. Will give it another try later.
    Just go back and edit those posts while you can. All you have to do is double click each pick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    Just go back and edit those posts while you can. All you have to do is double click each pick.
    Done. Cheers mate.

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    Did you make the most of the duty free?

    Along with Langkawi it's the cheapest place in Malaysia for a beer.

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    The Commonweath Graves Commission do an excellent job of taking care of cemetaries globally, not least here in Kanchanaburi. Thanks EN for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PAG View Post
    The Commonweath Graves Commission do an excellent job of taking care of cemetaries globally, not least here in Kanchanaburi. Thanks EN for sharing.
    They most certainly do. Cheers.

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    ...interesting that Indians were honored with a plaque...right down to the water carrier. Well done.

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    ^WTF.

    Why shouldn't they be?

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    ...^*cough*...the history of the empire frequently excludes a formal accounting of the suffering and sacrifices of its (non-white) subjects...

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    Says who?

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    ...Babu from Mumbai...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    ...interesting that Indians were honored with a plaque...right down to the water carrier. Well done.
    These from a trip I made to Kanchanaburi for Remembrance Sunday last November.















    These ones from the smaller of the two cemetaries,Chungkai, a few kilometers outside Kanchanaburi.





    The bridge.



    I was supposed to be back there for Anzac Day in April, and had booked and paid for my hotel. The event was cancelled because of present circumstances, and fortunately the hotel also decided to close. My booking was a full payment/no refund type due to a large discount, and was pleased when they emailed me that due to closure I was free to move the reservation to a future date at no extra cost. That I've done for VJ Day which is in August. Inshallah we will be in a better situation by then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    ...interesting that Indians were honored with a plaque...right down to the water carrier. Well done.


    Quote Originally Posted by PAG View Post
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    With absolutely no disrespect intended to Lieutenant Page and Second Lieutenant Atherton of the Malacca Volunteer Corps, it's not quite the same as honouring the Dhoby Man, is it?

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