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Australia - Singapore Remembers and Thanks You... Lest We Forget! via @AussiePB Legacy Blog #SBA2012

Australia - Singapore Remembers and Thanks You... Lest We Forget! via @AussiePB Legacy Blog #SBA2012

Twenty-two thousand Australians were captured defending Malaya, Singapore , and the Netherlands East Indies. Over 21,000 were from the Second AIF (particularly the 8th Division); 354 RAN; 373 RAAF officers; and 71 women from the Australian Army Nursing Service. Of these, 14,792 were captured at Singapore ; 2,736 on Java; 1,137 on Timor; 1,075 on Ambon; and 1,049 at Rabaul. Nearly 36% of Australian prisoners (8,031) died in captivity. Massacres of Australians occurred at Tol Plantation on New Britain (160 Australians); Parit Sulong in Malaya (110); and at Laha on Ambon (over 200). Twenty-one Australian nurses were executed on Banka Island, and an unknown number of Australians elsewhere in Malaya and in Singapore, especially at the Alexandra Hospital. Nearly 2650 Australians died on the Burma-Thailand Railway." "[In September 1945] the largest numbers of Australians were con...

Full article: http://www.aussiepete.com/2012/04/australia-singapore-rem...

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