British Journal of Chinese Studies

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Vol 8 No 2 (2018)
Book Reviews

Steve Lau and John De Lucy (eds.) (2017). Chinese Labour Corps: Photographs from the WJ Hawkings Collection.

Craig Barclay
University of Durham
Rachel Barclay
University of Durham
Published March 15, 2019
How to Cite
Barclay, C., & Barclay, R. (2019). Steve Lau and John De Lucy (eds.) (2017). Chinese Labour Corps. British Journal of Chinese Studies, 8(2), 153-156.


This new work, published in English, French and Mandarin, draws upon recently-discovered photographic evidence to cast a fresh light upon the work and role of the Chinese Labour Corps (CLC) on the Western Front during the First World War. At its core lie the photographs taken by William James Hawkings in China and France between 1917 and 1919 and rediscovered by his grandson, John De Lucy, in 2014. These images formed the core of A Good Reputation Endures Forever—the first UK exhibition to focus exclusively on the volunteers of the CLC—and now, thanks to the efforts of John De Lucy and Steve Lau, highlights from the collection are available to a wider audience.

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