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Labuan Memorial

  • Country Malaysia
  • Total identified casualties 2315 Find these casualties
  • Identified casualties from Second World War
  • GPS Coordinates Latitude: 5.2872, Longitude: 115.26214

Location information

Labuan War Cemetery is on the small island of Labuan (part of Sabah, Malaysia) in Brunei Bay, off the coast of north-west Borneo. The island is best reached by air from Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital, from where there are daily flights. There are also flights from Singapore and Manila. 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 Memorial consists of a colonnade forming a forecourt immediately inside the wrought iron gates of the main entrance to the cemetery. The memorial should not be confused with the memorial at Surrender Point which is next to the Peace Park.

Visiting information

The Labuan Memorial stands in Labuan War Cemetery. Staff are on site Monday to Friday from 07:00 to 16:30.

Due to occasional incidences of theft and vandalism, the visitors book and cemetery register are kept in the register box during working hours only. A sign inside the register box gives details for contacting the Commission outside of working hours.

Should you have any local queries, the Manager, Mr Gobhu Gopal (,or Head Gardener, Mr Esau Kak ( may be contacted by e-mail.

Wheelchair access is possible through either the side or main entrance gates. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on telephone number +44 (0)1628 507200.

History information

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.

The memorial was unveiled in June 1953 by His Excellency Major-General Sir Ralph Hone, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of North Borneo.