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The Forgotten

The Chinese Labour Corps and the Chinese Anzacs in the Great War

Will Dr. Davies



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01 March 2020
Humanities; History; Military history; First World War
The Forgotten explores an often-overlooked part of Australia's rich and diverse history - the service and sacrifice of the Chinese Labour Corps who worked under the British and French on the Western Front during the First World War. It puts the story of the Chinese Labour Corps into the broader history of China's encounters with western European nations since the 1700s. A part of that story includes the large numbers of Chinese people who immigrated to Australia during this period. It was the sons, grandsons, and great-grandsons of these Chinese settlers who volunteered to fight for Australia during the First World War. Those men are the Chinese Anzacs. The Forgotten celebrates the shared history between China and Australia and the combined efforts to promote peace.
By:   Will Dr. Davies
Country of Publication:   Australia
ISBN:   9781925927238
ISBN 10:   1925927237
Publication Date:   01 March 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Following his graduation in 1972, Will Davies entered the Australian film industry and spent the next 37 years working as an independent producer of mainly historical documentaries and series for the ABC and SBS. He retired in 2010. He began writing books with the first published in 2012 and to date has had ten books published. He was a member of the NSW Anzac Council, leads battlefield tours to the Western Front and has served on a number of boards. In 2018 he was awarded a Ph.D from the ANU and among other projects, is working to build a war memorial school in the French village of Pozieres.

Reviews for The Forgotten: The Chinese Labour Corps and the Chinese Anzacs in the Great War

Our reflections over the past four years on the service of the Anzacs in World War I have uncovered many stories. This story, tenaciously pursued by Albert Wong, and well captured by Will Davies, tells us of a contribution to the War, and particularly to the Anzacs, that few of us would be aware of.The Chinese Labour Corps helped sustain the Allied war effort, providing the manpower in the logistic effort to support the frontline. The story also reveals the feats of numerous Chinese who served in the Australian Imperial Force. It is a story of service with and support of the Anzacs worth telling, and is told most impressively in this book. -- His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley, AC DSC (Retd), Governor of New South Wales Will Davies has brought to fruition this book highlighting the forgotten Chinese and Chinese Australians who contributed to both The Great War and Second World War. We at the Museum of Chinese Australian History (The Chinese Museum) in Melbourne, see such a collaboration will hopefully bring to Australia an awareness of the Chinese from China and Chinese Australians to be remembered by current and future generations of Australians for their participation, sufferings and sacrifices in both wars. Lest we forget. -- Dr Edmond Chiu AM, Volunteer researcher, The Chinese Museum, Melbourne

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