China (First World War)

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Chinese Labour Corps

The Chinese Labour Corps was recruited from 1916 to assist with Britain’s desire for an ever-growing requirement for manpower to carry out labouring tasks on the Western Front. By the end of the conflict nearly 100,000 Chinamen had enlisted and served in France and Flanders, and continued to serve well into 1920 helping to clear up the old battlefields and recover the dead.[1]

External links

Historical books online

Extract with photographs., now an archived website.


  1. The Chinese Labour Corps 1916-1920 by Gregory James, now archived.
  2. Digital page 231? The Siege of Tsingtau: The German-Japanese War 1914 by Charles Stephenson Google Books