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Photo of Year 8 students commemorating the volunteers of the Chinese Labour Corps in World War I
Year 8 students commemorate the Chinese Labour Corps in World War I

The unremembered

9 November 2017

With Remembrance Sunday approaching this weekend, our Year 8 students have been taking part in The Unremembered: a nationwide project to commemorate the volunteers of the Chinese Labour Corps.

In the First World War, 96,000 Chinese men volunteered to work for the British Army’s war effort. They made a real contribution, undertaking difficult and arduous jobs like digging trenches, locating the bodies of the fallen – even exhuming bodies from shallow graves to enable them to be identified – and helping to create the cemeteries of WW1. Yet their stories and their contribution are not always remembered.

Many of the Chinese Labour Corps never made it home from the war and some are buried in the UK. This week, all around the country, school students and staff held up the names of Chinese Labour Corps members buried here, as an act of remembrance.

You can see the images below, and learn more about the project here.

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