Harry Livingstone's Forgotten Men: Canadians and the Chinese Labour Corps in the First World War
Few Canadians know anything about the secret trains that crossed Canada during the First World War, each one conveying hundreds of Chinese men bound for war-torn France and Belgium. Some 81,000 crossed Canada by rail while another 3,600 boarded a steamship on the West Coast which headed overseas via the Panama Canal and New York City. Once overseas, the men were put to work to keep the war machine in motion -- digging trenches, stacking ammunition, hauling supplies, repairing military vehicles and the grisly job of cleaning up the battlefields. Many died before reaching France and Belgium, including dozens right here in Canada, where their graves can be found from West to East.
Join us on Tuesday, February 25 at 7:00 pm at the Merrickville Legion when Merrickville's own Dan Black will be discussing his new book, Harry Livingstone's Forgotten Men: Canadians and the Chinese Labour Corps in the First World War. Dan Black has written and edited hundreds of articles on Canada's military, past and present. For many years he was the editor of Legion Magazine and more recently co-authored two books on boy soldiers in the First and Second World Wars with John Boileau. Come enjoy a great story and perhaps buy a book -- Dan Black will donating a portion of the proceeds from the sales of his book at this event to Rideau Bridge to Canada.
Admission is free. Donations are welcome.