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Batu Lintang camp

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Batu Lintang Camp

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1945 Kuching POW Camp 6 Weeks after Japanese Surrender

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Kuching, Borneo - view inside former POW camp Batu Lintang © ASIAWARGRAVES.COM

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Kuching Hospital & POWs embark for Australia

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KEM TAHANAN PERANG BATU LINTANG, SARAWAK : Laporan Shadiqin Bahrin[ 22 Sept 2014]

Batu Lintang camp at Kuching, Sarawak on the island of Borneo was a Japanese internment camp during the Second World War. It was unusual in that it housed both Allied prisoners of war (POWs) and civilian internees. The camp, which operated from March 1942 until the liberation of the camp in September 1945, was housed in buildings that were originally British Indian Army barracks. The original area was extended by the Japanese, until it covered about 50 acres. The camp population fluctuated, due to movement of prisoners between camps in Borneo, and as a result of the deaths of the prisoners. It had a maximum population of some 3,000 prisoners.
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  • Location and organisation 

  • Compounds 

  • Daily life in the camp 

  • Cemetery 

  • The radio (the "Old Lady") and generator ("Ginnie") 

  • End of the war for Batu Lintang 

  • Liberation of the camp 

  • Post-war 

  • POWs and internees of note