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Infantry Encampment in Tarakan

Town: Tarakan
District: Southeastern region of Borneo
Region: Borneo
Location: Tarakan is situated on the island of Tarakan, off the east coast of Borneo.
From 15 January 1942 to 17 February 1942 this location served as a prisoner of war camp >>
Internees: prisoners of war
Number of internees: 1.250
Information: On 12 January 1942, all of the soldiers were gathered at noon into their barracks, so that by evening they would be concentrated in the infantry encampment. Initially approximately 1,250 men were assembled in the encampment, the soldiers in halls measuring 25 x 4 metres and the officers crowded six to nine to a room. All the windows were nailed shut and the men slept on the floor. On 18 January, 215 prisoners, the complement of the Karoengan and Peningki positions, were removed from the camp and killed at sea. A month later the remaining prisoners were transferred to the artillery encampment.

From 15 January 1942 to 17 June 1942 this location served as a civilian camp >>
Internees: men
Number of internees: 17
Number of deceased: 1
Information: Seven civilian men were locked into a section of a barracks at the infantry camp on 15 January, 1942. Two days later they were moved into an under-officer's house on the grounds of the barracks. One room was furnished as a living room, and two small rooms functioned as bedrooms. The men slept on the ground, packed together like fish in a barrel. After several more civilians were brought from elsewhere, the men's camp was enlarged with another small house.On June 17th the men were moved to the artillery barracks.

From 15 January 1942 to 16 February 1942 this location served as a civilian camp >>
Internees: women and children
Number of internees: 21
Information: On January 15th 1942, fourteen Red Cross nurses from the Bataafse Petroleum Maatschappij (BPM) hospital were interned in two small rooms on the grounds of the infantry encampment. The rooms were unfurnished and thus the nurses slept on the ground. They were joined by a number of women and children from elsewhere. On 16 February, the women and children were moved to the "stable" elsewhere on the infantry grounds.