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The Memory of Sandakan - Borneo 1945 Figurine

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The Memory of Sandakan - Borneo 1945 Figurine

The brutal honesty of this figurine remembers Sandakan prisoner of war camp in Borneo and honours the memory of the Australian and British who suffered there. For people of all nations who lost loved ones and family to the cruelty of Japanese camps in the Second World War, it stands as a promise that we will remember the truth always.

The Sandakan POW camp in Borneo, and the death marches forced upon its prisoners, will live in history as one of the greatest atrocities suffered by Allied POWs in the Asia-Pacific theatre of the Second World War. Of almost 2434 Allied prisoners held by Imperial Japanese forces at Sandakan Camp between 1942-45 only six Australians would survive.

In early 1945, as Allied forces pushed across the Pacific, all Japanese POW camps were ordered to destroy evidence of prisoners. Officers at Sandakan camp, located on the north eastern coast of Borneo, feared a seaborne invasion and began planning the retreat of their troops westward to the coastal town of Tuaran. They selected the Prisoners, emaciated and diseased, to be loaded like pack mules with barely four days provisions and force-marched in three waves between end of January and middle of June. They set out in groups of 50, a total of about 500 in each group, along a manmade track through crocodile infested swamps, raging rivers and into the steep jungle covered mountains to the town of Ranau. For the 1,010 Australian and British POWs in the first and second waves of the marches that were to end in Ranau, 260kms west of the Sandakan Camp. Here the few who survived starvation, exhaustion, beatings and murder on the trail were in turn brutally executed. The third wave of 75 men, so ill and weak that they could only achieve a distance 15kms before their guards gave into a rage and massacred them alongside the road near several villages. The camp itself was burned to the ground and the remaining prisoners, some 300 men too weak to march, were assembled near a mass burial site and murdered. Of the 30 odd that survived in Ranau at the Last Camp, it is believed they were taken out into the jungle about 12 days after the Official Japanese Surrender on 15th Aug.

The last Australian POW in Sandakan was taken to the Airfield and a Japanese Officer withdrew his sword and he was beheaded on the 15th August. The Final Act of Atrocity had been completed.

Only the six Australians who escaped would live to testify at the War Crimes Trials of the atrocities and the evils inflicted on 2434 Allied Prisoners of War.

In creating this confronting limited-edition figurine Master Creations worked closely with Ryan Rowland, Chairman of the Borneo Exhibition Group Perth, Western Australia. His unwavering commitment and passion to ensure this sad history is both preserved and shared allowed the Master Creations artisans to honestly capture the reality of those who suffered, and to create a piece that will ensure that the atrocities of the Asia Pacific Theatre of the Second World War will not, and cannot, be forgotten.


Product Details:
Dimensions: 30cm Height 

Shipping & Delivery

We do not offer Free Shipping. It’s important to note that due to ordering from some specific suppliers, our delivery times may vary slightly between products. Since we don’t hold stock ourselves, we do rely on third parties. Occasionally they make mistakes meaning a product we thought was in stock may have just run out — in which case we’ll let you know just as soon as we can and explain your options.

Also, the delivery times are our best estimates only. Many things can delay your order, including freight delays, bad weather, customer location and the local post/courier service. If we do know there is a delay, we’ll email you as soon as we can with the updated delivery time.

If your order is in stock and we process the charges to your credit card, it will ship within five business days from the date of your order.  We will send you tracking information within 24 hours of your order leaving the warehouse to the e-mail address your provide when checking out.  If you do not receive tracking information from us within six business days of your order, feel free to follow up with us. 

All items dispatched via courier have an implicit 'Authority to Leave' at the customers'  shipping address, unless the customer has indicated otherwise at the time of ordering.  

Most commercial courier and postal companies we use to send customers' packages will in most instance leave your parcel at the property / address indicated on the order, in a safe, concealed location if it hasn't already been accepted by a resident. At times certain courier drivers may leave a note for the customer with a contact number to call and organise a suitable time for re-delivery or an address of the depot where the package will be left in order for the customer to pick up, if the driver could not find a safe concealed location at the property. This is at the discretion of the courier driver.

In cases where the customers' package/parcel is left at the collection depot and the customer has not picked it up by the due date indicated or the customer has not organised a suitable time for re-delivery, the default course of action is for the item to be sent back to the sender. If this occurs, all returned packages, will be subject to a 20% (of item price) restocking fee. Any subsequent re-shipping charges will also be borne by the customer.    

So while we do our best to make sure your order arrives in full and on time, if you absolutely need something guaranteed to arrive on time, like your partner’s wedding anniversary gift, then we recommend you allow yourself enough time before placing an order.

We reserve the right to amend or add to these Terms & Conditions.

OK, we get it. You've got a lot of choice when it comes to retailers online. Here's why we think you should shop with us at The Best Handy Crafts.

  1. Your 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed. We handpick our products for quality, we know you'll love them. But if there is ever something wrong, we'll replace it.
  2. Great Service. We pride ourselves on the best service, anywhere.
  3. Best prices online guaranteed.
  4. Manufacturer Direct means the best selection of handicrafts anywhere.

    In fact, you are our highest priority hence take no chances with the quality of our products. If at all you are not satisfied with your product, we encourage you to contact us and our customer service team will try their very best to resolve any issues. 

    We take pride in our products and offer a 14 day returns policy on all defective or damaged items purchased from our store. Buyers will be responsible for the shipping costs for all returns.

    The Memory of Sandakan - Borneo 1945 Figurine

    The brutal honesty of this figurine remembers Sandakan prisoner of war camp in Borneo and honours the memory of the Australian and British who suffered there. For people of all nations who lost loved ones and family to the cruelty of Japanese camps in the Second World War, it stands as a promise that we will remember the truth always.

    The Sandakan POW camp in Borneo, and the death marches forced upon its prisoners, will live in history as one of the greatest atrocities suffered by Allied POWs in the Asia-Pacific theatre of the Second World War. Of almost 2434 Allied prisoners held by Imperial Japanese forces at Sandakan Camp between 1942-45 only six Australians would survive.

    In early 1945, as Allied forces pushed across the Pacific, all Japanese POW camps were ordered to destroy evidence of prisoners. Officers at Sandakan camp, located on the north eastern coast of Borneo, feared a seaborne invasion and began planning the retreat of their troops westward to the coastal town of Tuaran. They selected the Prisoners, emaciated and diseased, to be loaded like pack mules with barely four days provisions and force-marched in three waves between end of January and middle of June. They set out in groups of 50, a total of about 500 in each group, along a manmade track through crocodile infested swamps, raging rivers and into the steep jungle covered mountains to the town of Ranau. For the 1,010 Australian and British POWs in the first and second waves of the marches that were to end in Ranau, 260kms west of the Sandakan Camp. Here the few who survived starvation, exhaustion, beatings and murder on the trail were in turn brutally executed. The third wave of 75 men, so ill and weak that they could only achieve a distance 15kms before their guards gave into a rage and massacred them alongside the road near several villages. The camp itself was burned to the ground and the remaining prisoners, some 300 men too weak to march, were assembled near a mass burial site and murdered. Of the 30 odd that survived in Ranau at the Last Camp, it is believed they were taken out into the jungle about 12 days after the Official Japanese Surrender on 15th Aug.

    The last Australian POW in Sandakan was taken to the Airfield and a Japanese Officer withdrew his sword and he was beheaded on the 15th August. The Final Act of Atrocity had been completed.

    Only the six Australians who escaped would live to testify at the War Crimes Trials of the atrocities and the evils inflicted on 2434 Allied Prisoners of War.

    In creating this confronting limited-edition figurine Master Creations worked closely with Ryan Rowland, Chairman of the Borneo Exhibition Group Perth, Western Australia. His unwavering commitment and passion to ensure this sad history is both preserved and shared allowed the Master Creations artisans to honestly capture the reality of those who suffered, and to create a piece that will ensure that the atrocities of the Asia Pacific Theatre of the Second World War will not, and cannot, be forgotten.


    Product Details:
    Dimensions: 30cm Height 

    Shipping & Delivery

    We do not offer Free Shipping. It’s important to note that due to ordering from some specific suppliers, our delivery times may vary slightly between products. Since we don’t hold stock ourselves, we do rely on third parties. Occasionally they make mistakes meaning a product we thought was in stock may have just run out — in which case we’ll let you know just as soon as we can and explain your options.

    Also, the delivery times are our best estimates only. Many things can delay your order, including freight delays, bad weather, customer location and the local post/courier service. If we do know there is a delay, we’ll email you as soon as we can with the updated delivery time.

    If your order is in stock and we process the charges to your credit card, it will ship within five business days from the date of your order.  We will send you tracking information within 24 hours of your order leaving the warehouse to the e-mail address your provide when checking out.  If you do not receive tracking information from us within six business days of your order, feel free to follow up with us. 

    All items dispatched via courier have an implicit 'Authority to Leave' at the customers'  shipping address, unless the customer has indicated otherwise at the time of ordering.  

    Most commercial courier and postal companies we use to send customers' packages will in most instance leave your parcel at the property / address indicated on the order, in a safe, concealed location if it hasn't already been accepted by a resident. At times certain courier drivers may leave a note for the customer with a contact number to call and organise a suitable time for re-delivery or an address of the depot where the package will be left in order for the customer to pick up, if the driver could not find a safe concealed location at the property. This is at the discretion of the courier driver.

    In cases where the customers' package/parcel is left at the collection depot and the customer has not picked it up by the due date indicated or the customer has not organised a suitable time for re-delivery, the default course of action is for the item to be sent back to the sender. If this occurs, all returned packages, will be subject to a 20% (of item price) restocking fee. Any subsequent re-shipping charges will also be borne by the customer.    

    So while we do our best to make sure your order arrives in full and on time, if you absolutely need something guaranteed to arrive on time, like your partner’s wedding anniversary gift, then we recommend you allow yourself enough time before placing an order.

    We reserve the right to amend or add to these Terms & Conditions.

    OK, we get it. You've got a lot of choice when it comes to retailers online. Here's why we think you should shop with us at The Best Handy Crafts.

    1. Your 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed. We handpick our products for quality, we know you'll love them. But if there is ever something wrong, we'll replace it.
    2. Great Service. We pride ourselves on the best service, anywhere.
    3. Best prices online guaranteed.
    4. Manufacturer Direct means the best selection of handicrafts anywhere.

      In fact, you are our highest priority hence take no chances with the quality of our products. If at all you are not satisfied with your product, we encourage you to contact us and our customer service team will try their very best to resolve any issues. 

      We take pride in our products and offer a 14 day returns policy on all defective or damaged items purchased from our store. Buyers will be responsible for the shipping costs for all returns.

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