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Chinese on the Western Front?

 
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BerichtGeplaatst: 01 Apr 2010 22:25    Onderwerp: Chinese on the Western Front? Reageer met quote

Chinese on the Western Front?
Many Australians have grown up hearing stories from the battlefields of WW1, but Chinese men on the Western Front? How did this happen, and why? Between 1914 and 1918, the governments of France and Britain recruited thousands of Chinese labourers and transported them to Europe to help the Allied war effort, thousands died by enemy fire. A few were executed by their employers.
On the 20th April, this almost forgotten story will be the subject of a talk by Gordon Mar at Lane Cove Rotary Club. Mr. Mar has researched his subject in Australia and Canada and spoken to relatives of some of the people involved. This is a rare chance to hear about the international scope of efforts to defeat imperial Germany in Europe. In 1914, both France and Britain used their diplomatic influence to hire thousands of labourers from their old colonies. Most of this huge labour force was not paid wages in the field. The money was usually remitted to their relatives in China where it would often languish in remote post offices for many months before it would reach the family. Many family members had to travel for several days to the nearest town to collect the money.
Recently there has been intense effort to exhume the remains of Australian soldiers buried near Fromelles in northern France. Buried nearby are the bodies of many of their Chinese allies. Perhaps the next western history of WW1 will also include the story of their sacrifice.
Lane Cove Rotary Club president, Robert Cartwright is inviting interested members of the public to hear this intriguing story and to share a meal with club members at reasonable cost. Perhaps Mr. Marís talk will reveal a little more of a story that can never be fully told. Meetings are held at The Lane Cove Club, 1 Birdwood Avenue, Lane Cove each Tuesday beginning at 6.15pm. Members of the public are very welcome to attend but please call Rotary Club secretary Ann Smith on 9428 4874 so that meal numbers can be arranged.

http://cumberland-courier.whereilive.com.au/your-news/story/chinese-on-the-western-front/

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