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The Interview or Miss out of her Teens, 1816 (colour etching) Featured Related Images Print

The Interview or Miss out of her Teens, 1816 (colour etching)

XCF290984 The Interview or Miss out of her Teens, 1816 (colour etching) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; ( the first meeting of Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales (1796-1817) and her husband Prince Leopold George Christian Frederick of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (1790-1865), later King Leopold I of Belgium;); English, out of copyright

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WW1 - Pekin Camp, Camp for Chinese Labour Corps, Mont Kemmel Featured Related Images Print

WW1 - Pekin Camp, Camp for Chinese Labour Corps, Mont Kemmel

WW1 - Pekin Camp - Camp for The Chinese Labour Corps on the Western Front. The camp was near The Kemmelberg (also known as Kemmel Hill or Mont Kemmel), Heuvelland, West Flanders, Belgium. The labourers were recruited to fill the manpower shortage caused by casualties during the first 2 years of fighting in World War I. As China was initially not a belligerent nation (in the war), her nationals were not allowed by their government to participate in the fighting and so the Chinese Labour Corps was formed. The Corps comprised Chinese men who came mostly from Shandong Province, and to a lesser extent from Liaoning, Jilin, Jiangsu, Hubei, Hunan, Anhui and Gansu Provinces. The men were trained at camps, would be inoculated, have their heads shaved and be given clean clothes before embarking on a gruelling three month journey to their destination. A number are buried in Liverpool, having died during the journey. Approximately 150, 000 Chinese served in the labour corps during the war, around 100, 000 of whom worked in support of the British Army. They were set to work on multifarious tasks including trench digging, road repair, loading at ports, working for the tank corps, burying the dead and making wooden crosses. Identified by a number etched on a brass bracelet, the labour corps were segregated from the rest of the Army. Their war medal, featuring only their number rather than name, was cast in bronze rather than silver. A campaign is underway among the Chinese community to recognise the contribution of these men, and to erect a memorial to them in London. Date: circa 1917

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Maharaja of Patiala / Stamp Featured Related Images Print

Maharaja of Patiala / Stamp

MAHARAJA BHUPINDER SINGH (1891 - 1938) Ruling Maharaja of the princely state of Patiala from 1900 to 1938. He served on the General Staff in France, Belgium, Italy and Palestine in the First World War as an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel, and was promoted Honorary Major General in 1918. Known for his extravagance, his cricket and polo teams, his commissioning of buildings with bold architectural style and for being the first man in India to own an aircraft. He married ten times, had 88 children

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