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Railroad Camp 11 Koeantan-rivier 1 in Pakanbaroe

Town: Pakanbaroe
District: Eastcoast of Sumatra
Region: Sumatra
Location: Pakanbaroe is on Siak River in East-Sumatra. Camp 11 was on Koeantan River (Soengei Koeantan), approximately 16 kilometres upstream from Loeboekambatjan.
From 10 August 1945 to 23 August 1945 this location served as a prisoner of war camp >>
Internees: prisoners of war
Number of internees: 800 (approximately)
Information: Between May 1944 and August 1945, forced laborers - prisoners of war and romushas - laid a railway line approximately 220 kilometres long between Pakanbaroe and Moeara, which was finished on August 15th 1945. In total, there were 14 camps along the railway line from which work was done. In Camp 11, the prisoners worked on the laying of the railway line and built small bridges.
Commendant: kpt. Miyazaki Ryohei; lt. Doi Izami; lt. Nagai Susumi; sgt. Fuyu
Guards: Japanese military personnel, Koreans
Camp leaders: wingcomm. P.S. Davis; lt.-kol. W.C.M. Slabbekoorn; lt. C. Visser
Literature: Hovinga, H., Op dood spoor. Het drama van de Pakan Baroe-spoorweg 1943-1945 (Franeker 2009-5)
Neumann, H. en E. van Witsen, De Sumatra Spoorweg. Documentatie (Middelie 1985-2)
Hovinga, H., The Sumatra railroad. Final destination Pakan Baroe, 1943-1945 (Leiden 2010)

From 23 August 1945 to 31 August 1945 this location served as a ex-Japanese camp >>
Internees: prisoners of war
Number of internees: 800 (approximately)
Information: On approximately August 24th 1945, the first group of ex-prisoners of war left on flatbed train cars to go via Logas, where they spent the night, to Pakanbaroe. In the following days other groups left, the last on 31 August, taking with them all of the things from the camp.