Forgotten Faces of the Great War: The Chinese Labour Corps


Descendants of Chinese labourers and Western officers assigned to the CLC describe their ancestors’ recruitment and passage to Europe, the kind of work they did behind the Front line, the unexpected horrors awaiting the Chinese and their shock at returning to a devastated homeland after the war. A mixture of humour, regret and nostalgia, the anecdotes bring alive the emotions and experiences of the labourers.

Click below to access the documentary film. Each image contains a different chapter of the story of the CLC.

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The Search for Manpower Leaving Home
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To Work! The Journey Over
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Culture Clash Unseen Dangers
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Life on Return to China Souvenirs of the War
Living with a Worse Enemy In Memoriam