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Cimetiere Chinois de Nolette

Chemin des Salines Nolette | Nolette, 80860 Noyelles-sur-Mer, France
+33 3 22 23 49 85
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Peaceful commemoration of WW1 deaths of Chinese labour force.

Imagine a small part of Chinese culture on a hill in France. Peaceful and reverent where the bodies... read more

Reviewed 8 December 2017
c n
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Well worth seeing this unusual CWG cemetery

This isn't unusual because of its serene beauty, but because of the backstory. It's the resting... read more

Reviewed 25 October 2017
Roskers
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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The CWGC Noyelles-sur-Mer Chinese Cemetery is located within the area of the French village of Noyelles-sur-Mer. It contains the graves of Chinese workers who were employed as labour by the British Army during the First World War. It is the largest Chinese cemetery in France and Europe. During the First World War, Noyelles sheltered an important British rear base which became the base camp for Chinese civilian labourers. These men were recruited by the British Army in 1916 as part of the Chinese Labour Corps to handle tasks behind the Allied Lines.They were in charge of difficult and dangerous tasks such as digging trenches, clearing the battlefields of ammunition and bodies, laundering, and providing medical care for the sick soldiers, in particular those with Spanish flu.In 1921, the British government decided to build the Chinese Cemetery in Noyelles-sur-Mer. This cemetery was constructed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission who continue to care for it today.
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7 Dec 2017
“Peaceful commemoration of WW1 deaths of Chinese labour force.”
24 Oct 2017
“Well worth seeing this unusual CWG cemetery”
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Chemin des Salines Nolette | Nolette, 80860 Noyelles-sur-Mer, France
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Reviewed 8 December 2017

Imagine a small part of Chinese culture on a hill in France. Peaceful and reverent where the bodies and souls of several hundred Chinese labourers have lain for one hundred years. The British and the French armies were so short of men that they recruited...More

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Reviewed 25 October 2017

This isn't unusual because of its serene beauty, but because of the backstory. It's the resting place of 800+ Chinese indentured (slave) labourers that were killed after an agreement between the British and French governments and Chinese warlords in 1916. While not fighting, over 100,000...More

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Reviewed 31 October 2016

I discovered many Chinese worked during the 1914-18 war as hospital staff and servants to the British. This cemetery has a different feeling and it is wonderful that the workers are respectfully remembered too.

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Reviewed 24 May 2016

Not that different than other war graves, except you don't expect a Chinese cometary for those who died in or just after WW1. From the grave dates, many died from flu.

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Reviewed 25 August 2015

This is the only Chinese cimetry of the first World War to be found in France. There is a board with some explanation as why it is there. This was really interesting. The Chinese people came to help during the war but were no soldiers....More

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Reviewed 12 August 2014

A few hundred of the many thousand workers that were hired in China and deployed in this area to complement the French workforce during and soon after World War I died, many for Spanish Flu, and are buried here. This UK-managed cemetery has some special...More

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