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The Chinese Labour Corps (1916–1920)  by Gregory James. ISBN 978-988-12686-0-0  (BNB GBB1C4912) xxiv + 1,285 pp.

This work offers an extended, informative account of the creation, management and operation of the 95,000-strong auxiliary unit recruited in China for service in Europe during the First World War. Financed and administered by the British War Office, it was raised at a time when Allied casualties, on the Western Front and elsewhere, had seriously reduced the availability of the manpower necessary to ensure the maintenance of a combat-fit military force. The author shows that the Chinese Labour Corps derived its organisational structure from earlier Chinese units in foreign service, for example the Canton Coolie Corps recruited by the British and French during the second Opium War in the mid-nineteenth century, or the contingents of labourers contracted to the mines of the Transvaal at the turn of the twentieth. In this important and wide-ranging contribution to military history, he draws on an extensive array of public and unofficial sources to chronicle the saga of a wartime cross-cultural encounter whose legacy remains in the narrative of contemporary Sino-Western relations.

Gregory James, MA Edin, PhD Exon, FRHistS, is a former senior lecturer at the University of Exeter, England. He has also held posts in China, India and Iran, and academic visitorships in Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa and the USA. He now lives in retirement in Hong Kong.

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In 2017 we plan to publish a sequel comprising an inventory of the Chinese Great War casualties (including the Chinese Labour Corps and employees in the French service, the Chinese Porter Corps, the Royal Navy and the Mercantile Marine and services of Inland Water Transport). In the cases of the Royal Navy and the Chinese Labour Corps, the inventory will also incorporate details of individual medal entitlements.