Wow another bit I didn't know. Chinese labour...Marie?
by cyngast moderator
Here are a couple of links about the Chinese labourers on the Western Front. This one is from the UK National Archives website http://blog.nationalarchives.gov.uk/blog/chinese-labour-corps-western-front-2/ and, of course, here's one from Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_Labour_Corps
Chinese Labour Corps
Article with image re First world war's forgotten Chinese Labour Corps to get recognition at last.
Campaign launched to create memorial in London to workers literally painted out of a canvas recording nations who joined war effort.
Recruitment of the Chinese began in 1916 as ever escalating casualties meant labourers became disastrously scarce. Some who died on the voyage are buried in Liverpool, and 2,000 more lie in Commonwealth war graves, but some sources believe 20,000 died. They worked 10-hour days, seven days a week, and had three holidays including Chinese New Year. When the war ended and other men went home, they worked on until 1920, clearing live ordnance and exhuming bodies from battlefield burials and moving them to the new war cemeteries.
I have a programme on video regarding the Chinese Labour Corps which I still have to view. It should be interesting
monument for Chinese labourers: http://www.wo1.be/en/youwerethere/11934/the-chinese-labourers-in-the-first-world-war
Exhibition in Poperinge: http://www.wo1.be/en/youwerethere/11165/exposition-vive-labeur-hail-to-the-work