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The North Borneo War Monument (Malay: Tugu Peringatan Perang Borneo Utara) is a monument that was erected on 8 May 1923 by the North Borneo Chartered Company in Bond Street, Jesselton, British North Borneo. Originally, it was a memorial for the fallen British soldiers during the World War I but later extended to include the Australian soldiers in World War II. The monument stands today in the city park of Kota Kinabalu, the capital of the Malaysian state of Sabah.

The Kota Kinabalu war memorial takes the form of a stone obelisk which was originally situated in the centre of Gaya Street (Bond Street then), before it was moved to its current location in front of Dewan Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu (DBKK) building, next to a traffic light. It was unveiled 8 May 1923. The monument originally consisted of an approximately 2.5-metre-high (8.2 ft) obelisk of granite and a cannon that were placed each on their own narrow rectangular base with semicircular ends. Both bases were mounted on a second common base. See The Sabah Architectural Heritage Blog to see a picture of the memorial unveiling. See also the Mother Earth Travel web site History of Kota Kinabalu

Jesselton War Memorial unveiling 8 May 1923 - from an old photograph
Photographs Below Copyright © Harper Wright 2014
Photographs Below Copyright © Martin Edwards 2019


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The Straits Times, 4 January 1915, Page 7
Malayan Contingent
The names and occupations of the recruits enrolled in the Straits Settlements for enlistment in England, the cost of those passages defrayed by Government, was as follows. ...
DAVIES, F.H. Planter, Johore

Samuel Jewell
Second Lieutenant 16354, 15th Company, 3rd Battalion, Imperial Camel Corps. Died 11 December 1917. Aged 33. Birth registered October to December Quarter 1884 in the Reading Registration District, Berkshire. In the 1891 census he is aged 6, scholar, son of John R and Mary M Gooding, born Reading, Berkshire, resident 17 Junction Road, Reading. In the 1901 census he is 16, a clerk in a seedmongers, son of John R and Mary M Gooding, born Reading, Berkshire, resident 11 Carnarvon Road, Reading. Buried in CAIRO WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Section O. Grave 60. See also Imperial Camel Corps Database

Extract from England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966

GOODING Samuel Jewell of Sapong Tenom British North Borneo second-lieutenant New Zealand Forces died 11 December 1917 in Egypt Administration London 7 May (1918) to Mary Martha Gooding widow. Effects £221 1s. 5d. [Note beneficary is his mother]
Harry Sydney Hopton Hadley
Captain 3rd Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 24 October 1918. Aged 36. Son of Joseph and Elizabeth Hall, of Hastings, Sussex. Civil Servant, Borneo, aged 34, of St Keyeims House, Winchcombe, arrived 3 July 1917 from New York on the "St Louis" at Liverpool. Birth registered in January to March Quarter 1882 in Hastings Registration District, Sussex. Buried in CALCUTTA (BHOWANIPORE) CEMETERY, KOLKATA, India. Plot O. Row G. Grave 51.
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Lewis Atkins
Second Lieutenant, 13th Battalion attached to 10th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Missing believed killed in action 30 June 1916. Arrived at the Port of London on the "Mongolia" from British North Borneo 24 August 1915, a British Constabulary Officer, aged 33, care of the War Office, London. Entered France 12 April 1916. Brother of P Prior Esq., 4 Gordon Street, London W.C. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 69 to 73.
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possibly Edward Hugh Noel Savage, Lieutenant, No. 1 Foreways Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 20 June 1918. Aged 30. Son of Colonel Hugh and Catherine Lucy Savage, of Bangor, North Wales. Buried in HERISSART COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot/Row/Section B. Grave 8.
Rupert Rochfort Moliere

[Spelt TABUTEA on memorial Rochfort also spelt Rochefort] Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Killed in action 28 March 1918. Aged 29. Son of late Moliere & Elizabeth [Harriet McGeough] Tabuteau, of Woodlands Bebridge, Isle of Wight. Birth registered in the April to june Quarter 1889 in St George Hanover Square Registration Disrict, London. Baptism June 1889 St George Hanover Square. Mr R Tabuteau sailed 16 March 1910 from Southamptonhampton to Singapore on the SS "Beulow", listed as a Cadet. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 1.

Extract from England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966

TANUTEAU Rupert Rochefort Moliere of Woodlands Bembridge Isle of Wight lieutenant 3rd battalion Coldstream Guards died 28 march 1918 in France Probate London 12 October (1918) to Reginald Moliere Tabuteau commander RN and Arthur Herbert Lealy professor. Effects £778 3s. 3d.

Extract Singapore Free Press 23 April 1918 p10.
Aged 29. Cape Mounted Rifles joined North Borneo Civil Service 1910.

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Herbert Martin
Rifleman Acting Corporal 3844, 1st/5th Battalion (London Rifle Brigade), London Regiment. Killed in action 9 October 1916. Enlisted London, resident Dunbury, Essex. Birth Registered October to December Quarter 1883 in Hackney Registration District, London. Baptised 11 November 1883 at Upper Clapton St Mathhew, Hackney, son of George Herbert and Sarah Wooolley. Herbert Woolley Returned to Port of London on "Mishima Maru" from Singapore 7 December 1911, a Planter. Herbert Woolley departed from Southampton on the "Bremen" bound for Singapore 18 December 1912, occupation Planter, aged 28. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 9 D.

Extract from England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966

WOOLEY Herbert Martin of Old Riffhams Danbury Essex lance-corporal 15th battalion London regiment died 9 October 1916 in France Probate London 3 May (1917) to Charles Henry Cathcart electrical enginner. Effects £1316 10s.


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