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Old 27-05-2003, 10:10 PM
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aussie, could you and Malum find out and tell us more about the the history of the "INDIAN ARMY SECTION" of the Lae War Cemetary. I believe this is also an important but little known section of the the Memorial and an important part of PNG's history regarding our relationship with India.
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Old 27-05-2003, 10:29 PM
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I have passed this message on to Malum.

He is about to go on the Kokoda Trek for 9 days so it might take him awhile.

Perhaps he can find out something, we will just have to wait and see.
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Old 28-05-2003, 10:44 AM
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The cemetery contains 2,400 Australian burials, 20 British and over 400 Indian. The Indians are almost all unidentified and had been taken prisoner in the fighting in Malaya and Hong Kong and put into working parties, largely on Japanese airfield construction.

In this cemetery stands the Lae Memorial which commemorates by name 350 Australian soldiers, sailors and airmen who died in these operations and have no known grave. The Cross of Sacrifice was unveiled by Field Marshal Viscount Slim.

A reminder of the 1914-1918 War is the single grave of a Australian who died in the occupation of this then German territory of North-East New Guinea on 12th September 1914. The original grave could not be properly maintained and his remains were therefore reburied here
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