More than 2000 Australian and British soldiers were killed in a series of marches between Sandakan and Ranau in Borneo during WWII.
Of the thousands captured, beaten and starved, only six Australian service members survived after escaping the camps.
Carine Senior High principal Damian Shuttleworth said he was honoured the school was able to work with the Highgate Returned and Services League as custodians of the Sandakan Memorial.
Carine head boy Liam Manov and head girl Laura Thomas spoke on the horrors of the marches and the importance of remembering the Australian and British soldiers.
‘Treatment of the soldiers in the prisoner-of-war camp was merciless and quickly deteriorated into a show of savagery,’ Laura said.
‘These soldiers had survived being broken, beaten, starved and worked to the bone. They had witnessed the hideous torture and murder of their comrades.’
Carine MLA Tony Krsticevic said he was happy to see Carine senior high contribute to the service.
‘The students are doing such wonderful work and it is fantastic to see them taking on this initiative and organising such a quality memorial service to honour those who suffered and died in Borneo.’.