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Ensuring We Remember the Chinese Labour Corps

December 17, 2017 5:14 PM

CLC monument designOn 7 December the Ensuring We Remember Campaign issued a press release confirming that the site for a permanent memorial has been secured. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of ABP (London) Investment Limited, a 9.6m tall memorial will hopefully be erected at the primary entrance to the £1.7bn development at the Royal Albert Docks in Newham.

Chinese Liberal Democrats, as one of the strategic partners of the campaign, welcome this news along with other grassroot Chinese community organisations and officials from both Britain and the People Republic of China.

We are also pleased that Rt Hon Stephen Timms, MP for East Ham, has tabled an Early Day Motion in Parliament, welcoming the long overdue recognition of the contributions of the Chinese Labour Corps in WW1.

The EDM reads:

"This House, in commemorating the centenary of the First World War, pays tribute to the 96,000 men of the Chinese Labour Corps, of whom the first arrived in France in April 1917; notes their extraordinary sacrifices in support of front line allied troops, and that over 2000 died; notes also that they dug trenches, buried the dead, cleared shells, built and operated military railways, maintained and supported tanks and aircraft which were decisive in Britain's war effort, and helped build the cemeteries around the Somme after the War; regrets that their contribution was largely overlooked afterwards and has never been properly commemorated; and welcomes the planned permanent memorial to their toil and sacrifice in ABP's new business district at Royal Albert Dock in the London Borough of Newham."

"What we need to do now to ensure the realisation of our 3 year long campaign is to raise sufficient funds for this project" said Co-Chair, Merlene Emerson. "Assuming all goes to plan, we are looking forward to an unveiling ceremony on or around September 6, 2018!"

To contribute towards this monunental effort, please donate via this link.