Sandakan War Monument

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Sandakan War Monument
Tugu Peringatan Perang Sandakan
Sandakan Sabah SandakanWarMemorial-01.jpg
Coordinates5°50′26″N 118°06′59″E / 5.840526°N 118.116438°E / 5.840526; 118.116438Coordinates: 5°50′26″N 118°06′59″E / 5.840526°N 118.116438°E / 5.840526; 118.116438
Dedicated toCommemorates the town citizens who lost their lives during the Second World War

The Sandakan War Monument (Malay: Tugu Peringatan Perang Sandakan) is a monument established by the British located in the town of Sandakan to commemorates the town citizens who lost their lives during the Second World War. The monument is part of the Sandakan Heritage Trails, a "Heritage Trail" which connects every historic sights of Sandakan.


The original monument inscription.
The new monument.

The monument exists in two versions. The original, a stele of marble is outside the courthouse (Sandakan High Court). It bears an inscription in Chinese (front) and English (rear). The English inscription reads:

This Site
Is Set Apart
In Honour Of
Those Citizens
Of This Town
By Reason Of Their
Lost Their Lives
During The
Japanese Occupation
19th Jan. 1942 – 17th Oct. 1945
Unveiled on 17th Sept. 1946
His Excellency
The Rt. Hon. Malcolm MacDonald
Governor-General Of Malaya
British Borneo

While the new version is located only a few dozen metres away on the MPS Square.[1] The metal plate on this replica is provided with an identical inscription.


  1. ^ Chey Vun Khen (28 December 2008). "MPS Square". New Sabah Times. Archived from the original on 26 November 2010. Retrieved 28 November 2014.