This is a Commonwealth World War II graveyard with 3,908 burials, including less than 2,000 identified. Those buried here included troops from Commonwealth countries, who were killed during the Japanese invasion of Borneo as well as soldiers sacrificed in the Borneo campaign of 1945. Others were Prisoners of War in the region, and troopers perished during the Sandakan Death Marches.
Labuan War Cemetery, the largest war cemetery in Malaysia, is not a tourist attraction, but a sacred ground in memory of those buried here. Therefore, visitors are reminded to keep silent, disregard it as a recreational park, and act in a seemly manner.
Every year, a delegation of Australia and New Zealand war veterans, descendants and friends, alongside local leaders, attend the annual Anzac (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) Day at Labuan World War II Memorial, located within the grounds of the cemetery. Wreaths are laid to remember the fallen, following the Anzac Day Dawn Service.
This cemetery was constructed and maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Calling this their final resting place are two World War II Victoria Cross Medal recipients: Thomas Currie Derrick (1914–1945) and John Bernard Mackey (1922–1945).
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