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Commemoration Ceremony to Honour the Chinese Labour Corps in Folkestone

March 14, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

During World War I, almost 100,000 Chinese labourers were recruited by the British Army to provide logistical help at the Front. The majority passed through Folkestone on their way to mainland Europe and many stayed over for one night in a camp at the foot of the Downs. A steady number of around 2,000 were kept in the town to carry out manual labour at Shorncliffe Army Camp and the surrounding area.

Six members of the Chinese Labour Corps are buried at Shorncliffe Military Cemetery mostly victims of the Spanish ’flu or tuberculosis. It is unlikely that their descendants know of the existence of these graves.  Therefore in remembrance of them and their compatriots who served at the Front a commemoration service will be held in this final year of the centenary of the Great War.

The ceremony, co-hosted by The Meridian Society and Shorncliffe Station, will be held at Shorncliffe Military Cemetery and will be attended by the Mayor of Folkestone and other dignitaries, local societies and school students together with a number of descendants whose ancestors served as officers of the Chinese Labour Corps. If you or your group would like to lay a wreath please advise The Meridian Society in advance so that they can allocate a space and time-slot.

After the ceremony all those attending are invited to light refreshments at the Sergeants’ Mess in Sir John Moore Barracks.

RSVP by Sunday 11th March if you will be joining the ceremony.


March 14, 2018
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm


The Meridian Society


Shorncliffe Military Cemetery
Folkestone, CT20 3HA United Kingdom
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