Fate of POWs in Pacific
31 January 2020
The fall of Singapore occurred on 15 February 1942 when all Allied troops were ordered to lay down their arms at 8.30pm. Some 15,000 Australians became Prisoners of War (POW) on Singapore.
Besides Singapore, other Australians were captured in Java, Timor, Ambon and New Britain. Some 8,000 Australians lost their lives while in Japanese captivity. This figure represents nearly a quarter of Australian deaths in the Second World War.