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The stained glass window commemorates the servicemen who perished in the Sandakan prisoner of war (POW)  death camps and also those who perished in the death marches in Borneo during World War Two. The window was dedicated by Bishop Keith Slater. 

The memorial was made by stained glass artist Bill Klease, of the Tweed Valley, and installed by Lismore glass artisan Greg Gallpen. 

The Sandakan Death Marches were a series of forced marches in Borneo from Sandakan to Ranau which resulted in the deaths of more than 3,600 Indonesian civilian slave labourers and 2,400 Allied prisoners of war held captive by the Empire of Japan during the Pacific campaign of World War Two at prison camps in North Borneo.

By the end of the war, of all the prisoners who had been incarcerated at Sandakan and Ranau, only six Australians survived, all of whom had escaped. It is widely considered to be the single worst atrocity suffered by Australian servicemen during World War Two.


Address:10 Zadoc Street, Warriors Chapel, St Andrew`s Anglican Church, Lismore , 2480
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -28.805409
Long: 153.279884
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Window
Monument Theme:Conflict
Approx. Event Start Date:1942
Approx. Event End Date:1945
Artist:Bill Klease


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 11th August, 2012
Front Inscription
The Boys Who Played Here Once Are Gone

   1942  SANDAKAN  1945
           Faithful And True
Source: DVA, NRWM
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