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'Chinese Labour Corps: The forgotten men of World War 1' at the Library of Birmingham

  • Date: 11th February 2019 - 28th February 2019
  • Every day
  • Location: Library of Birmingham ,
    Centenary Square,
    Broad Street,
    Birmingham B1 2ND
  • Time: 11:00 - 17:00
  • Cost: Free

Chinese Community Centre-Birmingham commemorates 'The Chinese Labour Corps ~ Forgotten Men of WWI'


In November 2018, Britain commemorated the end of World War I with events across the country.  One group consistently overlooked has been the Chinese Labour Corps (CLC) – volunteers from mainland China who were sent by the Chinese government to support the British and French armies on the Western Front. While hostilities ceased in November 1918 and troops returned home, the CLC remained behind to clear battlefield debris into 1919 with the final units not leaving until September 1920, almost two years after Armistice.

CCC-B presents the Ming Ai Institute’s ‘British Chinese Armed Forces Heritage’ exhibition together with artefacts from the Chinese in Britain Forum’s ‘Ensuring We Remember’ campaign under the title ‘Chinese Labour Corps: the forgotten men of World War I’.   

Spotlight, Ground Floor, Library of Birmingham

Images courtesy of the Imperial War Museum
With grateful thanks to Birmingham’s Chinese community for their generous donations and fundraising efforts
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